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Gonzales 'Couldn't Remember' Combo for His Safe

POSTED: 01:16 PM ET, 09/ 3/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales failed to keep classified documents in a secure location in his Alexandria home, claiming that he simply "couldn't remember the combination" on an in-home safe three years ago.

Instead, the documents, which contained "top secret" information about the now much-discussed warrantless wiretapping program and detainee interrogations, according to a report released yesterday, were placed in his briefcase or elsewhere in his home.

The case was not referred for prosecution and the information was not deemed "a close call," in terms of potentially being lost or stolen, reports The Post's Carrie Johnson. But the episode further highlights some of the more notable memory gaps of Gonzales' tenure as attorney general.

In April 2007, during testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales sidestepped 71 questions, saying he couldn't remember details, according to a count by The Associated Press.

During the five-hour panel, Gonzales said "nothing improper occurred" when asked about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, which Democrats allege came as a result of improper pressure from GOP lawmakers. Gonzales resigned a few months after that hearing.

By Derek Kravitz |  September 3, 2008; 1:16 PM ET Post Investigations
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Crooked about sums it up.

Posted by: TPS | September 3, 2008 2:07 PM

Loyalty to the leader at all cost! Ideological purity matters most. Incompetence and ignorance, hallmarks of the Republican Party. The federal government was filled with incompetent Bushies whose only qualification was loyalty to Bush and an anti-abortion belief. It'll take years to clean out the rats nest.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 3, 2008 2:09 PM

what kills me about the current regime in office is the absolutely horrible example they're setting as statesmen and leaders. We KNOW they're slip-sliding around trying to hide and avoid stuff and the fact that they get away with it does nothing for how bad of an example it sets.

But lets go along with them for a second: can someone be the nation's top law man if he can't even remember a combination? Or can't remember what his own job is? Or what his own staff does? If you're going to make an excuse for being nefarious, why would your excuse be "I'm not nefarious, I'm just incompetent!"

Posted by: mh | September 3, 2008 2:13 PM

Why don't you report on new news???
The Washington Post is so Bias.
The Washington Post is as corrupt as Washington. Why don't you write about all those corrupt companies now in Iraq getting rich at the expense of hard working
people here in the good ole USA.

Posted by: Bi Al in Colorado | September 3, 2008 2:14 PM

When Sandy Berger did the same, he was fined $50,000, sentenced to 2 years probation plus 100 hours of community service, and stripped of his license to practice law. Let's see what happens to Gonzo, then together we can muse about U.S. judicial fairness.

Posted by: John from NC | September 3, 2008 2:28 PM

Nobody can seem to remember anything. Bush can't remember taking the oath to uphold and DEFEND the US Constitution. Alberto can't remember the number on the front of his house. Libbey can't remember outing a CIA operative. They can't remember discussing outing liberal Democratic leaning US Attorney's.

If all this is true then how is it they were clever and devious enough to engage in all this nefarious activity.

I really want to give them the benefit of the doubt but I suspect they are all long tail rats. Except for Rove. He is a cockroach.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:31 PM

Its a joke the way these people get away with murder! Can anyone please help protect our constitution? Our President is killing it!

Posted by: Dotcommer | September 3, 2008 2:44 PM

HAHA! Looks like he has posted an explanation at this site. LOL

Posted by: Nate Smith | September 3, 2008 4:59 PM

Sandy Berger must be so proud.

Posted by: everysandwich | September 3, 2008 6:44 PM

The man can not remember anything. He has a brain disorder. I bet it takes him five hours to find his car when he goes shopping.

Posted by: mac | September 7, 2008 3:27 PM

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