July 24th, 2007
08:35 AM ET
7 years ago

Gonzales says he's keeping his post, wants to 'fix problems'

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will tell Congress he plans to keep his post.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he is opposed to politics in Justice Department decision-making and plans to stay in his post to "fix the problems," according to testimony prepared for Congress.

These statements will be delivered Tuesday at what Justice Department officials acknowledge is likely to be a stormy hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The committee, controlled by Democrats demanding Gonzales' ouster, is expected to question Gonzales about the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys, among other issues.

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  1. rada, Houston Texas

    the damage is done...he is just part of the "W" legacy

    July 24, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Oh please. No more of this. Gonzales will do anything to protect George and his sick agenda. All of this is just another reminder of something we appear to be unable to do anything about as long as the great decider (which has got to be tough without a brain) is in charge. Just another member of the Republican Crime Syndicate...and we are stuck with them. Please stop reminding me this thug is the AG.

    July 24, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Charlie Hubert, Gardiner, New York

    Very nice, he is "opposed to politics in Justice Department decision-making", well that's a relief! Isn't this what the whole debate stems from, his allowing politics into the Justice Department's decision-making process? Well it IS "politics-as-usual"!

    July 24, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Loma Linda, Ca.

    How nice of Gonzales as he wants to clean house! These promises as Washington if ever more full of it, while things get more corrupt, in that monster of monsters. The folling quote comes handy spoken so long ago: "Democracy will soon degenerate into anarchy, such and anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or propety or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moreal virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and scince, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few". By John Adams, the 2nd US President. Yes, America is now the fullfledged Empire of all times! However, more farreaching and more vicious that all previous ones put together, in as much as its war machinery is larger than the rest of the world put together. If someone thinks that I miss something, please advise?

    July 24, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. enko, fords, nj


    You should simply get out of the way and allow the DOJ to function effectively and uphold the law rather than subvert it.
    Some nerve!!!

    July 24, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Doug, Indianapolis, Indiana

    He can start fixing problems by resigning.

    July 24, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Ed Lorusso

    Gonzales wants to "fix the problem?" He IS the problem... the entire bush administration is corrupt and self-serving. IMPEACH THEM....


    July 24, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Bob Jones, Somewhere, NC


    Stay in the DOJ to save the children! Only you can save them for the perverts.

    July 24, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Josh,Chico,California

    Who is he trying to fool, It is up to the congress and senate to make laws. They have every right to question these firings.

    July 24, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Rosemary Hackney Mt Juliet, TN

    Gonzales IS the Problem. He can fix it by RESIGNING!

    July 24, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Joan, Cincinnati, OH

    He may be opposed to politics in the Justice Department, but ironically he's the one who used a political agenda to FIRE democratic attorneys! Gonzales is a hypocrite and a liar. The first "fix" for the Attorney General's office should be to fire him.

    July 24, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Steve Harris gig harbor, wa

    The Bush Legacy has already been written, he is, undoubtedly, the worst president in our history and will probably hold that dishonor for a couple more centuries. He holds onto his liabilities as if they were his treasures. His stubbornness and dim intellect prohibit him from admitting faults and changing course. He's more interested in hanging onto an incompetent like Gonzo simply out of pride for having picked the idiot in the first place. What's really troubling though, is that Bush and certainly not Gonzalez have no concern for having this important agency recover and do its job. Just BAD management skills(lack of). No wonder he was a bad student in Business School and managed to run an oil company in the ground while all others were cashing in.

    July 24, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Alberto is a fraud and incapable of fixing anything.

    This man symbolizes just how corrupt the Bush Administration. President surrounds himself with henchman that are loyal to him, but traitors to the American people.

    July 24, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Tomas Manso

    Yeah, it's nice and a change of pace to see a Republican allegedly willing to be responsible and fix a mess that it's created, but that's probably why I'm not buying it.

    July 24, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Mrs. America

    The Decider and the Fixer. Has a ring to it, doesn't it?

    July 24, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. B.J. Gilbert katy, Tx

    this guy is just another part of what is wrong in the republican party. they are ok with taking freedoms away from regular Americans, but when their freedom is threatened that is unaccecptable. When is the American public going to say enough? It was ok to impeach Bill Clinton for having an affair, which if I'm not mistaken is not against the law, but to fire people because they don't agree with the bush gestapo that must be ok because they say so, right? bush should have to explain to each and every parent, spouse, and child why the deaths of these folks is good for America.

    July 24, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. MCD, San Francisco

    Agree completely - HE IS the problem!

    Meanwhile, experienced, long-time, high-level DOJ employees are resigning in droves. Which means we will be left with a bunch of inexperienced newbies who apparently believe everything that Gonzo & Bush say.

    July 24, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Brendose, Oceanside, CA

    As Gov. Arnold would say "Hasta La Vista Baby!!!" I think he has finally dug his own grave, and President Hitler will not be able to save him this time.

    July 24, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Jimmy, Portland, Or

    Why is everyone up in arms? 9 years ago Janet Reno was everyone's pinata. Then horrible John Ashcroft! Now Albert Gonzales.

    Good grief.. this country is so damn partisan and bent on political assassignation WE DESERVE THIS!

    When people stop yelling at each other, stop the incessant finger-pointing, and start building on common ground ... only THEN will civility return to DC. Until then keep your earplugs in and hip-waders pulled up high.

    July 24, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. bprosserme

    Gonzales has shown more guts than the entire Democratic Congress. Surely the Dems MUST feel a twinge of embarrassment, right? There's nothing wrong with Gonzales and they know it. Dems were throwing their weight around and were totally surprised when Gonzales did not crawl off in a corner as they expected him to do. There has got to be intelligent people out there that could do a much better job than the current Democratic servants. We've got to get out there and find them next election.

    July 25, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  21. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    A pig. Pure and simple. Well, unpure and the simple goes without saying.

    July 25, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Rollo Rogers, San Diego, CA

    Fix the problem!When is this guy gonna
    get it. He is the problem.

    Go fix that AG.


    July 25, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |