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Gonzales Grilled by Senate Committee

Posted on Apr 19, 2007

In this still from the Washington Post’s video coverage, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales swears in at the beginning of Thursday’s Senate hearing.

Facing the music (and some skeptical senators) Thursday about the U.S. attorney firing controversy, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales insisted that he had not acted out of any politically motivated impulses or pressures and had nothing to hide about his role in handing eight federal lawyers their pink slips.

New York Times:

“Today, the Department of Justice is experiencing a crisis of leadership perhaps unrivaled during its 137-year history,” said the panel’s chairman, Senator Patrick J. Leahy. “The Department of Justice should never be reduced to another political arm of the White House—this White House or any White House. The Department of Justice must be worthy of its name.”

Mr. Leahy, a Democrat of Vermont, made it clear that he was not persuaded by the repeated assertions from President Bush and his allies that the dismissals of the United States attorneys, who are political appointees and serve at the pleasure of the president, were above board.

“Indeed,” Mr. Leahy said, “the apparent reason for these terminations had a lot more to do with politics than performance.”

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The Washington Post has posted a video of Gonzales’ opening statements and compiled a list of released documents related to the firings, and Post writer Paul Kane weighed in on the lively exchange between Senator Arlen Spector and Gonzales in his Capitol Briefing blog.  (Registration wall)

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By Dan Metcalfe, April 22, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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Be careful, as the above comment is not quite right in multiple respects—not the least of which is that the Senate Judiciary Committee now has direct evidence of much of what I pointed out.  What I said to Legal Times is sufficent, especially as sadly amplified by AG Gonzales himself; it need not be embellished.

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By boggs, April 20, 2007 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment

Alberta (our little flower) Gonzales gave us exactly what we knew he was studying for. He spent ten days cramming and practicing for something that most of us would say “Just tell the truth, it doesn’t require practice… comes easy, natural and without too much thought!

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By Charlie Kasnick, April 20, 2007 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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I dont recall what I was going to say.

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By Margaret T. Currey, April 19, 2007 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment
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This man is called a lawyer and lawyers usually have very good recall, for this Gonzles to say he forgot a lot of information is bull.  The man can use the phrase I misspoke, I cannot recall all of the phrases used by a lier. 

I think that when you try arm twisting monovers and the ruse does not fly even by the Republician Senators than Gonzles should quit.

Even some Republicians have morals, that person being the senator from Pennsylvania.

What should be happening is Impeachment of Bush and Chaney because the country is going down the path of a Banana Republic.

Madden than a wet hen from the state of Washingrton, city of Vancouver.

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By 911truthdotorg, April 19, 2007 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

My God, he is such a slithering roach! (Sorry roaches)

I hope the Dems aren’t just going through the motions and acting tough with this guy.

After their disgraceful “impeachment is off the table” edict after the election, I have zero faith or respect for these cowards.

Google video: 9/11 Press for Truth

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By DennisD, April 19, 2007 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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Gonzo is just that. He can’t even bullshit the Republicans on the committee. Bu$h will have to get another DUI to keep him. Heck of a job___________! There’s a nice GOP think tank (oxymoron) job waiting for you somewhere. Bye, bye.

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By desertdude, April 19, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

There is not one member of the Congress that is willing to do the what is best for the American people. Gonzales will be there untill Bush leaves office. Our Congress is a bunc of gutless men and women. They don’t have the stomach to impeach the Dictator.

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By freedomnow, April 19, 2007 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

This administration needs to be thrown out w/ the garbage- no recycling for this group- because they themselves have trashed the constitution.  Gonzales is practically out, but we need to oust the puppetmasters behind the puppetmasters.  We need to impeach every single one of the so-called “patriots”.  And how about election integrity?  That’s a hell of a job, but it needs to be established before yet another election gets rigged.

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By DavidPabian, April 19, 2007 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

The guy sank like a stoolie in cement shoes.  I give him a week.  He’ll go because his effectivness to do his job is “compromised,” and the moron-in-chief will back him up and see him off, his Complete Confidence unshaken.  Meanwhile, everything that should be on the table is Off the Table, per Ms. Nancy, and we’ll just go on and on as this “president,” one helluva big elephant in our collective living room, just slowly rots away piece by stinking piece, and takes the whole equally putrefied country with him into apathy-hell.

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By Tom Doff, April 19, 2007 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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This could have been called a confirmation hearing, it confirmed what we all knew to be true, that Gonzales is a disgrace to the DOJ; we, the people; and the constitution. He’s toast.

The hearing also resolved a question many have had: What is Orrin Hatch’s function as a US Senator? He appears to consider himself of importance, and close to the president. He may be correct.

Apparently, he is on call to the Prez at all times, and whenever the Prez feels the need to defecate, the call is made. Orrin rushes over, pulls down the Prez’s trous, and makes sure He is comfortably seated.

Then Orrin observes the emitted turds, exclaiming with great praise upon their size, number, shape, density, and aroma. When the Prez is done, Orrin wipes His a**, and then leads the triumphant parade, exclaiming over the perfection of the Prez’s latest move.

Orrin is an over-achiever, it’s very fortunate he lucked into the Senator gig, otherwise he’d have to take a really shi**y job to survive.

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By QuyTran, April 19, 2007 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

Don’t ask him to quit, resign or…stop barking ! Just let him play around with his underqualifies job as AG then cover his master face with dirtiest stuffs
which his whole administration is unable to wash off!

An animal will never be human beings !

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By Pacrat, April 19, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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Bye, bye Gonzo - it wasn’t good to know you! Nothing improper from a Bush appointee? Never!

Let’s get those so-called purged emails, subpoena a few staffers including Rove and his assistant Cheney, then let’s see what’s left!

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By Bob Savage, April 19, 2007 at 11:06 am Link to this comment
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Gonzales appeared to be pretty confident that he had beat the rap, but several Republican committee members expressed outrage and their concern that he should be removed from office (notably Sen. Specter, who got into a fight with Gonzales right away).

The big question now seems to be what information does Monica Goodling have that could entice Congress into granting her immunity? Without a smoking gun they probably can have Gonzales removed, but no hope of tracing the wrongdoing back to Rove.

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By dale Headley, April 19, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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The committee should hear from Daniel Metcalfe, the recently retired career prosecutor for the Justice Department. He makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that Alberto Gonzales, at the behest of the President, made it his primary mission to use his department as a political arm of the administration, and to vigorously pursue Bush’s political agenda at the expense of true law enforcement.  He said that the fired U.S. attorneys were on a “hit list” Gonzales kept, strictly for political reasons.  He also said that morale among the career U.S.attorneys was very, very, low.

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