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A Top Democrat Calls for Attorney General’s Resignation

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Posted on Mar 12, 2007

Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that Alberto Gonzales should step down “for the sake of the nation.” Schumer pointed to the partisan firing of U.S. attorneys and the FBI’s abuse of the Patriot Act as evidence that the Justice Department has become highly politicized under Gonzales’ leadership.

Los Angeles Times:

U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has so politicized the Justice Department that he should step down for the sake of the nation, the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat said Sunday.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York—citing recent disclosures about the FBI’s improper use of administrative subpoenas to obtain private records and the controversy over the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys in December—told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Gonzales, who previously served as White House counsel, was “no longer just the president’s lawyer, but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution.”

Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, charged that under Gonzales the Justice Department had become even more politicized than it was under President Bush’s first attorney general, John Ashcroft.

“And so,” Schumer said, “I think for the sake of the nation, Atty. Gen. Gonzales should step down.”

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By Quy Tran, March 13, 2007 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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The latest news saying Alberto “puppy” Gonzales refuses to step down.

He’s absolutely right ! At his present position he could make big bucks without doing any goods for his master so why should he step down ?

A puppy is still “lovable” by his master so there’s no way for him to quit easily except when his boss tell him to do so.

Sorry for our Justice Department when we only hear a puppy barking !

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By AnnaCatherine, March 13, 2007 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment
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Alberto Gonzalez was never able to think beyond “Serving at the Pleasure of the President”. That’s the way is had always been. Appointed and elected officials take an oath to defend the Constitution. Which means that the president might not always like what he hears. Gonzalez is disloyal and Schumer is right, he should be fired.

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By Christopher Robin, March 13, 2007 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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My advice to Alberto?...

Find yourself a good attorney, one that actually understands the law.

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By Quy Tran, March 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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The late news saying that Alberto Gonzales has confirmed the firing U.S. attorneys were mishandling.
Also Harriet Meir (?) was quoted that at the beginning of Bush second term this lady proposed a list of almost 100 attorneys had to be dismissed due to political reasons.

Ha, ha, ha ! our King was stabbed at the back because of these stupid servants.

Not only the dismission of U.S. attorneys was mishandling but all of Bush/Cheney programs and policies have been spoiled dreadfully !

There’s no way for the King to stay still on his throne and keep destroying this beautiful nation.

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By lawlessone, March 13, 2007 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Attorney General Gonzales should not only be fired, he should be sued for malpractice and his law diploma should be revoked.

[similar irreverence at and  Link to them if you like.]

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By Steve Hammons, March 13, 2007 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Are Democrats finding their courage? Maybe.

Investigating Gonzales and the firing of US attorneys, the Valerie Plame case, treatment of injured troops and vets, corruption, war profiteering, war crimes, phony pre-war intelligence ... the list goes on and on.

The American people want strong leadership. Can the Dems provide it? This is not at all clear to many voters.

For more on this, the article referenced below may be of interest:

“An urgent task for the new Congress: Conduct necessary inquiries and investigations properly”

By Steve Hammons
Populist Party of America
October 22, 2006

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By Dale Headley, March 13, 2007 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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Senator Schumer has it exactly right.  Alberto Gonzales is, as he has always been, nothing more than a shill in the Bush Administration.  He clearly sees as his ONLY duty, not the administration of justice, but the advancement of Bush & Cheney’s political agenda.

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By Margaret Currey, March 13, 2007 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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I say this man is leaning very much to the right, he should leave office.

The Haliburton thing has popped up agin, the move to the Port of Dalbi does that Port not shoud familiar?  First the corporations want our ports run by Dalbi and now Haliburton is moving their interests there, does our man Chaney know about this, smells like a fish has been out of the water too long.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By Jeanine Molloff, March 13, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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Gonzales is merely the front guy.  Pols in both parties have remained silent on this obscenity otherwise known as the ‘Unitary Executive.’  There is absolutely no constitutional foundation for such a legal construct—regardless of what the Supreme Whores, I mean Supreme Court occupants say.  Remember, the constitution is a living document intended to be debated by the People—and not intended to be a holy sacrament which only a few pre-ordained pseudo priests may approach.  Both parties have shrouded this living document in ceremony intended to intimidate the public into believing they can’t comprehend the basic law.  What utter rubbish!  The average person can and does comprehend the basic ideas of free speech, balance of powers, due process rights, etc.;they do not require the Supremes to become high priests of the word.  They require them to be an equal branch of a tripartite government.  They require them to declare the Unitary Executive theory to be a dangerous miscarriage of justice and the rule of law.  They require them to be just.

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By Steve Fournier, March 13, 2007 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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Schumer’s gutless.  This was felonious conduct, and Bush and Gonzalez need to be prosecuted for it.  Congress should be talking special prosecutor, not resignation.

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By trantieungoc, March 12, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment
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Absolutely right ! Just tell him to get hell out of his job then kneel down to Bush/Cheney for new job as permanent janitor at their homes. This job will perfectly fit to him.

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By Ernest Canning, March 12, 2007 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone who thinks this problem is limited to Alberto Gonzales has missed the mark.  Politicized investigations have been a hallmark of the American hard-right for decades, as has the effort to pack the judiciary with “radicals in robes” from the Robert Bork founded, Richard Mellon Scaife funded “Federalist Society.”  There are four of them on the Supreme Court.  All subscribe to the radical doctrine of the “Unitary Executive”—a theory that would subvert the very foundations of the rule of law by declaring that neither the court’s nor the Congress can interfere with a President’s unilateral determination of the scope of his own powers.  This doctrine overturns Supreme Court precedents dating back to the 1803 Marbury vs. Madison decision that says constitutional interpretation is a “judicial” function.  It is this subversive doctrine that provides the underpinning for the military tribunals, extraordinary rendition and warrantless NSA domestic eavesdropping.  One more Federalist Society appointment to the Supreme Court and we can all kiss the rule of law goodbye.

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By Youffraita, March 12, 2007 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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Of course Chuck Schumer is right.  But first, let the Congressional hearings continue.  This story reeked of corruption from the beginning, and we’re finally getting some of the details of how far it extends.  I particularly enjoyed reading NYTimes op-ed columnist Paul Krugman invoking the late Molly Ivins on the Rovian tactic of threatening Democratic pols with corruption charges immediately before an election, only to see the “charges” evaporate—as if based upon air—after the election.

So, by all means, let’s get rid of Gonzales—but let’s wait a few weeks.  He doesn’t seem to understand the law, especially the Constitution, very well.  It is entirely possible he has done something for which we, or our elected Congress, can indict him.

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By Bert, March 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment
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Massive, multibillion-dollar conflicts of interest have been allowed to spring forth and continue to exist under this administration, I hope what we’ve seen is just the leading edge of a lot more overdue reforms with this entire mess.

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By faith, March 12, 2007 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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Attorney General Gonzales:  a man who advocates and approves torture; who does not believe that habeas corpus extends to all persons in the United States and that it is unnecessary to file charges while incarcerating individuals for years based on supposition. 
What has happened to America?  Why on earth do we allow such egregious conduct by our leaders and White House administrators?
I never could fathom how the Germans allowed the atrocities that occurred in the ‘40’s.  We, Americans are allowing disinterest, and apathy to breach our constitutional rights and our moral principles.  I encourage all readers to write your congress and demand gonzales’ immediate dismissal.

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