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Alberto Gonzales Has Resigned

It's about time:

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.

Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation, submitted his to President Bush by telephone on Friday, the official said. His decision was not immediately announced, the official added, until after the president invited him and his wife to lunch at his ranch near here.

Mr. Bush has not yet chosen a replacement but will not leave the position open long, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Attorney General's resignation had not yet been made public.

Mr. Bush had repeatedly stood by Mr. Gonzales, an old friend and colleague from Texas, even as he faced increasing scrutiny for his leadership of the Justice Department, including his role in the dismissals of nine United States attorneys late last year and questions about whether he testified truthfully about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

"We're watching a political exercise," Mr. Bush said at a news conference this month, dismissing accusations that the Attorney General had stonewalled or misled a congressional inquiry. "I mean, this is a man who has testified, he's sent thousands of papers up there. There's no proof of wrong."

Mr. Gonzales's resignation is the latest in a series of high-level departures that has reshaped the end of Mr. Bush's second term. Karl Rove, another of Mr. Bush's close circle of aides from Texas, stepped down two weeks ago.

"There's no proof of wrong"??? The man has steadfastly refused to answer questions over and over again. Millions of White House emails have been deleted, and subpeonas have been ignored.

The investigations must continue. Gonzales still has a great deal of explaining to do.


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Comments (11)

Lee Ward:

One of the hallmarks of the Bush presidency is his willingnes to stick to his guns when everyone else around knows he should let go.

Calll it tenacity, or loyalty, or stupidity -- but it cost the GOP the 2006 election, and it will cost them the 2008 White House.

It's sweet revenge for the conservatives own blind loyalty and defense of Bush - and the lies they've told to cover for his lies and the lies of his administration - like those of Kim Priestap, one of the right's High Priestess of lies.

ke_future:

wow, bush is willing to be loyal to the people he appoints. what a flaw. /sarcasm

lee, you keep accusing the gop, conservatives, anyone who disagrees with you it seems with lying. i'm all three. what lies have i told to cover up for bush? in fact, what lies has bush told? be specific now, if you please. with proof and documentation. if you can.

Lee Ward:

Yes, loyal - at the expense of his country and his party.

Who is he serving? Only himself, and the members of his team who are under investigation.

Congratulations, you've just lost the 2008 election.

bryanD:

Lee, saw the Gonzo "pre-game" on MSNBC. Bechel and a Republican lady pundit (CAN'T remember her name) were being interviewed.
The GOP lady, an erstwhile sockpuppet was cursing Bush, saying he should resign(!). And then she recovered herself (somewhat).

I'm buying stock in psychiatric football helmets.

ke_, I left out any lies Bush may have felt compelled to tell for our own good/ to "keep us safe",ie inedible clouds of Iraqi mushrooms; or omissions to buttress a hackneyed admin policy, ie, Mexico is a narco-state but business trumps security concerns so let the Commerce Department handle it.

Immediately, the "giving jet rides to poor kids in 1971" story came to mind, but I couldn't find it again. Perhaps it was 1970. Anyway, when the event supposedly happened W had already had his wings clipped. Still, little homeys at mach 2. Shows compassion plus evil laughs when Jerome throw up afterward. Ridiculous story. Kids coulda DIED of brain aneurisms. Flight physical-free day!

Anyway, funny, unbelievable stuff. It's out there. Google Commerce Sec. Dan Evans' Cessna adventure with pilot Bush. Might link from there.

Here are 2 links: 1 a dumbass fib, 2 a Stalinist trick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm73wOuPL60&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u2ITs4yIAE


Steve Crickmore:

bryanD...Yes it confusing but this commentator is obviousy wrong, when he says the video of the second plane crash wasn't relesed til Sept, 12, when practically every TV network camera in the world on Sept, 11 was focused on the enveloping black smoke on World Trade Center when the second plane hit. Tapes of that second crash (from some distance) were played, where I was in London on the BBC and ITV networks, over and over again, and I assume in Florida, where the President was.

Lee Ward:

I was watching live television coverage when the second plane hit.

Steve Crickmore:

Apparently Gonzales made up his mind Friday and submitted his resignation to the President that day, that he was resigning so it seems pretty fitting coda to Gonzales' time in office. that


As recently as Sunday afternoon, Mr. Gonzales was denying through his press spokesman, Brian Roehrkasse, that he intended to leave.
Mr. Roehrkasse said Sunday afternoon that he had telephoned Mr. Gonzales about the reports circulating in Washington that a resignation was imminent, "and he said it wasn't true, so I don't know what more I can say."

Lieing is was so habitual so Gonzales that he even lies and exasperates his own pr.

bryanD:

The video referred to Bush's supposed real-time VIEWING of the FIRST plane striking.

First plane. In REAL TIME. Live! (The whisper in the classroom was plane #2)

* Don't make me get up! :-) *

(That day (where I was) live coverage began with one tower already on fire, hence the regular programming pre-emption... Where Bush was at, there was apparently a live travelogue focused on two butt ugly buildings in Manhattan and WHAM-O! Out of the blue!)

Or am I misunderstanding Canadian?

Lee Ward:

I see, I misundertood the 'issue'. My bad.

bryanD:

"I see, I misundertood the 'issue'. My bad.
Posted by Lee Ward"

Well, hell! Now I feel bad!
A "STFU" and "stay on-topic" is more in my redneck comfort zone.

Lee Ward:

Next time. Bush's explanation of what he saw is inexplicable, but the guy is a mental midget, so you have to give that to him. Once you do the chimp can say almost anything, even under oath (as I suspect he'll have to do some day) and all I can do at times is shake my head and wonder the WTF red-state America was thinking when they put him in the White House.


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