Gonzales Resigns as Attorney General

Gonzales Bows Out

It's about time.




Gonzales Resigns as Attorney General

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington.



Gonzo’s gone

Why did Gonzales resign?

by Sidney Blumenthal


When Alberto Gonzales swiftly turned heel on the stage at the Department of Justice without answering questions about his resignation as attorney general he left behind yet another lingering cloud of mystery. What is he not telling about his resignation? The true story may be something like the denouement of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Purloined Letter,’ which was in plain sight all along, a solution that can, as Poe wrote, ‘escape observation by dint of being excessively obvious; and here the physical oversight is precisely analogous with the moral inapprehension by which the intellect suffers to pass unnoticed those considerations which are too obtrusively and too palpably self-evident.’ To be excessively obvious, Gonzales’ resignation, following Karl Rove’s exactly by two weeks, is the shadow of the first act...


All the president’s flunkies

by John Dickerson


As Alberto Gonzales resigns today, he joins Donald Rumsfeld, Harriet Miers, and Michael Brown — animated failures who could not be controlled or improved with good public relations. The pattern has been consistent: The president resists and resists calls for a change. Then he gives in. In Gonzales’ case, it’s almost as if Bush were perfecting this failed approach, wringing out of his embattled old friend so many embarrassing gaffes that he couldn’t be hurt anymore. Then he let him go. The more radioactive his aides become, the more Bush embraces them. With Gonzales, the president was particularly alone in this stance...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The House Lawyer Departs

A New York Times editorial says: "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has finally done something important to advance the cause of justice. He has resigned. But his departure alone cannot remove the dark cloud that hangs over the Justice Department. President Bush needs to choose a new attorney general of unquestioned integrity who would work to make the department worthy of its name again - and provide the mandate to do it. Congress needs to continue to investigate the many scandals Mr. Gonzales leaves behind. When Mr. Gonzales was appointed, it seemed doubtful that he would be able to put aside his years as Mr. Bush's personal lawyer, which stretched back to the Texas governor's office, and represent the interests of the American people. He never did."



Now that Alberto Gonzales has resigned, will Congress repair the damage he did?

Justice Denied
by Aziz Huq, The Nation

From TomPaine.common sense


Alberto Gonzales had to leave the White House once Karl Rove had made a break for the exit


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