July 27th, 2007
10:39 AM ET
7 years ago

Will Gonzales face charges?

Watch CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin weigh in on Gonzales Friday on American Morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN legal analyst Jeffery Toobin weighs the likelihood Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will actually face charges after four Democratic senators Thursday called for an independent special counsel to investigate whether Gonzales perjured himself during Capitol Hill testimony.

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  1. MCD, San Francisco

    This AG is not concerned with the "Peoples' Business", only Bush's business, he has made that very clear. It is time for the Reps to stop worrying about how this will play out in the election and start doing "The Peoples' Business".

    The good of the Government should be more important than politics. Reps should stop worrying about themselves and worry about the people they represent.

    This AG is a disaster.

    July 27, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Chris, Mansfield, TX

    The people's business matters not to the people when they have no trust in the people they elected. Democrats and Republicans alike should be fierce in their support of rooting out the corrupt and criminal elements in the federal government to make examples of. The prosecution and sentencing of Scooter Libby was the one shining hope of accountability in government, and Bush, the one who called for bringing honor and integrity back to the White House, lied once again and did the exact opposite. Only when he has been impeached and then removed from office will I have any respect for any part of our government. As it stands, there is WAY too much concern among these selfish politicians with their future electibility. If they were really concerned with doing what they were elected to do, "the people's business", then they would do what Bush falsely promised to do....by kicking him to the curb and all of his cronies with him.

    July 27, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Jim, Iowa

    I pity anybody this toobin guy has given legal advise. This is the same guy that keeps proclaiming how good Hillary is.

    July 27, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Deb, Webster NC

    Gonzales offered to tell the Senate Committee exactly what program he remembers the discussion being about... but Chairman Leahy (D-VT) turned Gonzales down. He demanded that the AG reveal the program to the committee in open session with TV cameras rolling, i.e. that Gonzales "blow" a previously undisclosed, classified, anti-terrorist program.

    The Dems here are only interested in making headlines, playing gotcha, and slinging mud, rather than provide legislative leadership.

    July 27, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Rebecca Aguilar

    Hey! A cable network news channel seems to have figured out how to make their online stories popular on RSS feeds.

    Give us some hints, CNN?

    July 27, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Deb, Webster NC ... Maybe, if what he told the committee wasn't consistently B.S. and he didn't consistently waste people's time with it, Leahy wouldn't have turned him down?

    Gonzales has proved himself to be a liar – repeatedly.

    And it's this PATTERN of behavior that is bringing about the special counsel request.

    Thus far, Gonzales has (at the very least) lied about: 1) him “not [being] involved in any discussions about what was going on” at a March 13, 2007 press conference – refuted by testimony and emails; 2) his February 6, 2006 statement about there “not been any serious disagreement about the [no-warrant surveillance program]." – contradicted by his own 07/24/07 testimony that the purpose of a March 10, 2004 meeting (between White House officials and congressional leaders - referred to as the "Gang of Eight") was to inform lawmakers that Comey would not approve "a very important intelligence activity."; 3) his assertion during April 19, 2007 testimony, regarding his role in the firings of the attorneys, that "I haven't talked to witnesses because of the fact that I haven't wanted to interfere with this investigation." – contradicted by Monica Goodling, who testified that, she had an "uncomfortable" conversation while she worked for him "where he outlined his recollection of what happened" and asked her for her reaction; and 4) him saying (during his testimony on 07/24/07) he had visited the ailing Ashcroft in the hospital to discuss "other intelligence activities," not the surveillance program – which was contradicted by the testimony of both Comey and Mueller.

    A guy who's blatantly lying and spinning like a top doesn't deserve to run our judicial system.

    July 27, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. erika morgan black dimond wa

    I've certainly watched enough of lies pouring from our AG, that I really have zero respect for the Senators who allow him to get away with it. You don't even need to understand the facts to be able to see that the shifty eyed, squirmy Gonzo is attempting to play them like a violin. After all these demonstrations of intentional misleadings and evasions I need to see some repercussions. In fact the displeasure I feel with Congress is directly related to their not using the powers available to them to stop the deviations from the strait and upright. I have written before that the only explanation I can comprehend is that they also personally are similarly guilty, and I have called to them to clear their conscious, own up to their faults, confess and to sin no more! I am convinced the majority of voters would reward the honesty with forgiveness, the being treated with respect is almost impossible to ignore as it would be a very refreshing change.

    July 27, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    As much as I would be willing to host one hell of a party if a member of the Bush Administration were hung, it matters not. Bush will pardon anyone of his cronies that are convicted. We are stuck. And congress lacks the guts to go after George himself. Just feeling the creeping fog of doom, republicanism, and religous zealotry today. Will try to be more optimistic later.

    July 27, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Carole in Idaho

    So, Deb, Webster NC – The AG offered to share what he remembers!! Well, on any given day that doesn't seem to get him beyond what he had for breakfast! Perhaps the bigger issue is, given that this is a discussion about discrepancies between formal meetings and an "emergency" visit to the bedside of a critiacally ill man, what the he_ _ was he doing in Ashcroft's hospital room? There was, by all accounts, a capable individual who was serving as "Acting Attorney General." To violate that chain of command is more than a breech of protocol. Indeed it is demonstrated proof that Gonzalez was, In spite of his protestations to the contrary, trying to take advantage of a seriously ill man.
    This man is a stain on anything bearing the word "JUSTICE."

    July 27, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Lance, Los Angeles, CA.

    What Will They Think of Next?

    Libby? signing statements, habius corpus, torture, fear, clean air? every child left behind. 9 fired attorneys, 1 mired attorney general. Special prosecutor? dis-union, dissolution, discontent. voter fraud? election fraud. no blacks allowed. Tim Griffen, caging lists, Greg Palast, missing emails no longer. Orange alert, terror dry runs, 911 in Iraq, Iraq caused 911, huh?

    Impeach them, Impeach them, Impeach them. Do not wait, have mercy, take time, listen, look around, Impeach them, Impeach them. Stop, what’s that sound?

    It’s democracy, run aground.
    Posted By Lance, Los Angeles, CA. : July 28, 2007 7:23 pm

    July 28, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Lance, Los Angeles, CA.

    The Hole Truth

    The man keeps digging but doesn't see, y'know that's just the thing that worries me.

    Gonzo won't go he's in the know. Monica Goodling, FBI Director even his pre-decessor, they say he lies, he stinks, attracts flies.

    But you know, Gonzo won't go, he's in the know. He'll steal the show, smirk and jab, maybe do some more blow.

    "Don't you see, if they get me, they'll leave nothing be! They'll poke and prod Cheney and Bush will nod, Karl Rove will plant no more sods."

    Yes, it is just that lame. Don't you dare say they're all the same, Gonzo isn't to blame. Maybe he's low man on the totem pole, firewall, wall flower at the ball, but don't worry, he's not that small.

    We see you Bush and it's time to fall.

    Stop, look, what's that sound?

    It's democracy run aground.

    Every body look what's going down, Alberto Gonzalez stole the town.

    King George won't take off his crown.

    It's not over it's just the start, soon ol' George won't need wiretaps to hear himself fart.

    Impeach the bums they deserve the heat, Gonzo is only the first tasty treat.

    Every body stop, look around, What's that sound?

    Look everybody, people are talking can it be, democracy has been found?

    July 28, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. godiva, hickory, nc

    The Department of Justice has been turned into a web of secret police-type tactics designed to uphold Bush on whatever he desires, regardless of law. Justice has now become more frightening than just the laughingstock it was.

    And Gonzales is the buffoon set up to take the fall if and when the house of cards falls apart.

    Only fools buy into the spin put out by Republican mouthpieces Bill O'Reilly and Tony Snow, that Gonzales and Bush are trying to cooperate, but gosh, those darn Democrats just want to make a mountain out of a molehill.

    Lies, lies, more lies, being told to a very foolish electorate.

    July 29, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  13. Don, Monterey Ca.

    If Gonzales doesn't get criminally prosecuted in the American Justice System, he might certainly get prosecuted under the German legal system. Last year, Germany invoked universal jurisdiction, and legal proceedings were started in Germany for his alleged involvement under the command responsibility of prisoner abuse by writing the controversial legal opinions. One way or another it seems like Gonzales is destine to spend some jail time.

    August 27, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |