‘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.

14 Responses to "‘Bring us the head of Alberto Gonzales’"

  1. wiseoldgranny  May 17, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    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  May 18, 2007 at 12:01 am

    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  May 18, 2007 at 12:05 am

    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.  May 18, 2007 at 12:20 am

    ..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  May 20, 2007 at 3:50 am

    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.

  6. Bill Jonke  May 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    That’s all Gonadsless ever was.

    The sooner he realizes it, the better, for his own psyche and for all of us as Americans; with that and his resignation, that is…

    Gonzo is truly living a lie, just like an alcoholic is, and drunkenness on power is just as much an addition as alcoholism.

    Low bottom will happen sooner or later.

  7. J.R. Forrest  May 17, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    If I were you ‘Fredo’, I’d not be accepting any invitations to go fishing with GW.

    J.R. Forrest

  8. Sandy Price  May 17, 2007 at 9:03 am

    …it has to be bad in D.C. I’m getting the impression that there is so little integrity left in the GOP that any change would an improvement. It seems that the GOP has a problem locating a homosapien with a brain. Locating a moral man has been overlooked and one with even a small brain would be a remarkable change.

    The GOP must get off this religious kick and turn back to ethical morals. The Jesus juice is not cutting it. When the Christian coalition simply worked with their congregations, it seemed to work but give them the power of government and America loses.

    Every Republican House and Senate member should demand Golzales be fired! The GOP is on a suicide kick.

  9. Joe Lawrence  May 17, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Today there seems to be no such animal as a “lie.”

    There are misspeakings, misstatements, out of context remarks and God only knows how many more words or phrases to characterize what we, the people (Remember us?), immediately recognize to be outright lies, but somehow we, collectively, manage to ignore the elephant in the room….or in the White House.

    If the Dems could bring themselves to call a rose a rose, we might have a chance; but they do not.

    Joe Lawrence

  10. Donnat  May 17, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Standing between Bush and impeachment, IMO. That’s why Bush will fight for him. He’s not so much an attorney general as a body guard. One by one, they’ve fallen. Gonzo may be a little harder to dislodge, but he’ll go in the end. They all will.

    Donnat

  11. Stoney13  May 17, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    We might have a little trouble filling that order! I have it on good authority that it is occupying a dark and unsanitary place at the moment!

    Even if we could get it, and prepare it to your liking, I seriously doubt that you would found its consumption to be a pleasurable experience!

    Stoney Browning

  12. Dayahka  May 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Intead of trying to gain a no-confidence motion in Gonzales, Congress should file a no-confidence motion against Bush as the first step in the impeachment process.

    It’s not just the lies of Gonzales that are of concern here, but the really low-down, slimeball behavior in dealing with an ailing Ashcroft. This is really sick beyond belief. Gonzales is not just a poodle, he’s a puke.

  13. Dayahka  May 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Intead of trying to gain a no-confidence motion in Gonzales, Congress should file a no-confidence motion against Bush as the first step in the impeachment process.

    It’s not just the lies of Gonzales that are of concern here, but the really low-down, slimeball behavior in dealing with an ailing Ashcroft. This is really sick beyond belief. Gonzales is not just a poodle, he’s a puke.

  14. gene  May 17, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Can you believe this shit has gone on this long. These evil bastards (Bushmoron and his gain) have literally gotten away with mass murder and congress continues to keep their heads of their asses. This country will soon implode, just give it a few more months.

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