‘Bring us the head of Alberto Gonzales’

Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General Gonzales(AP)

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is under new political heat after two more Republicans came out against him and Democrats broadened their probe of prosecutor firings to questions of whether he politicized the Justice Department at the White House's behest.

Gonzales, who some believed had survived the furor over the firings, came under new pressure Wednesday when Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., became the fourth Republican senator to urge him to resign. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., also said the attorney general should consider stepping down.

President Bush continued to stand by his longtime friend and adviser.

The developments came as Democrats sought more testimony from current and former Justice Department officials. House Democrats announced that Gonzales' former White House liaison, Monica Goodling, would testify next week under a grant of immunity.

Across the Capitol, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday was considering a subpoena for Bradley Schlozman, a former senior civil rights attorney and U.S. attorney who replaced Todd Graves in Missouri. Graves also was ordered to resign.

At issue is whether the department, at the White House's urging, tried to cause problems for Democrats by facilitating voter fraud cases and others involving corruption.

Bush's support has been key to Gonzales' survival in office despite calls for his resignation from Democrats and a few Republicans.

Their numbers grew Wednesday, driven by the testimony this week that as White House counsel, Gonzales in 2004 pressured Attorney General John Ashcroft to certify the legality of Bush's no-warrant eavesdropping program. The conversation took place at Ashcroft's hospital bed side as the attorney general recuperated from pancreatitis, James Comey, acting attorney general, testified this week.

Ashcroft rebuffed Gonzales, but the White House certified the program's legality anyway. Faced with the resignations of Ashcroft, Comey and FBI Director Robert Mueller, Bush ordered the program be changed to accommodate Justice's objections.

Democrats said his testimony appeared to contradict Gonzales' account in February 2006, when he told two congressional panels that there had "not been any serious disagreement about the program."

Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman said Gonzales' testimony "was and remains accurate."

"While the attorney general provided this testimony in an unclassified setting, it is important to consider that the fact and nature of such disagreements have been briefed to the intelligence committees," Boyd said.

Joining Hagel in demanding Gonzales' resignation are GOP Sens. John Sununu of New Hampshire, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John McCain of Arizona, who is a presidential candidate. House Republican Conference Chair Adam Putman of Florida also has called for a new attorney general.

Comments

  1. wiseoldgranny

    If I hear, one more time, that bush is loyal. I just may become violent.

    He is loyal to no one. He is, in on the biggest power grab in American history, a ‘bloodless’ coup on democracy and the American people. He feels entitled as part of the ‘rich elite’. What will replace it? Fascism, plain and simple. As Mussolini (misp?) said, fascism could more appropriately called corporatism.

    If you don’t think that corporations have taken over this country the last 6 1/2 years, just look at the privatisation of our natural resources, the repealing of our work safety laws, our environmental laws, and our public safety laws. Look at the cutting of all taxes on them, look at the cutting of social programs and infrustructure, while giving billions to corporate welfare. Look at the prosecutions of the victims of Katrina for misusing their $2,000 visas, while halliburton and other contractors frauded billions with no prosecution. Take a look of the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about.

    No it is not loyalty, it is called, ‘cover our asses or we all go down’.

  2. Warren

    When the Dems retake the white house, do you really think they’ll behave significantly better? Maybe they’ll be a bit more subtle, but they’ll be just as inherently dishonest.

    —W—

  3. SEAL

    By attacking the weakest links, the most vulnerable of Bush’s enablers, the democrats can use the rest of the Bush term to continue the headlines of dishonesty, lies, and corruption of the republicans. That sets up the takeover in 2008.

    If they were to attack the president and impeach, that would certainly eliminate both Bush and Cheney. That process would take less than a year. Now we have president Pelosi. A democrat. What happens? She inherits the mess. What does she do about it? She has to clean out the administration and bring in the right people. Does she try to end the war? What if she does and makes a mess of it? Or does she leave it for the next president? That would give the voter the impression that the dems were no better or worse. And, perhaps, that a woman can’t do the job – with Hillary the candidate.

    Or, what if she does a bang up job? Ends the war and settles down the middle east, lowers gas prices, turns everything around and get us going in the right direction? What then? Forget Hillary? Pelosi runs in 2008?

    No one considers Pelosi president material and she does not want the job. With her as president the democrats would have a much bigger problem than Bush. That is why they will not Impeach.

  4. Jenifer D.

    ..I say do it yourself. Make me President! I’ll not only get an effective exit strategy within a realistic amount of time, but, I’ll fire everybody involved in this mess from the top of the PFC (Political Food Chain) on down to the hacks who distributed the memorandums with the manipulated intel! I’ve always said to my site visitors that my highest aspiration was U.S. Senator…looks like I gotta put that on hold, for a little while. 😉

  5. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    What the Dems better realize is Dubya is stalling for time with the antics of
    Alberto and every other damn scam Dubya is foisting, So Dem-Moe-Crats, quit giving Dubya offers like your most recent stupid one giving Bush Baby the option of waiving a deadline date for getting out of Iraq to get him to sign the Iraq spending bill.

    Hello!!! What the hell offer is that when Pelosi & Reid want withdrawl dates, but give Bush the option of waiving the withdrawl dates. Bush rejected this offer anyway, but that’s not the point.

    Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid, get out of your Mr. Rogers Civility mode and play hardball, you are dealing with people that would sell their mothers to the night.