August 27th, 2007
09:50 AM ET
7 years ago

Gonzales resigns: Reid reaction

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, issued a statement reacting to Alberto Gonzales' resignation Monday.

"Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove," he said. "This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House."


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. D-wo Laguna, CA

    Al Gonzales is a sad luck lackey who was never qualified for the job. Frankly he was an embarrassment during the congressional hearings – unable to defend his position, telling Arlen Spector that Habeas Corpus is not guaranteed by our constitution and generally looking confused and baffled – the country can only gain from his departure office.

    Congress needs to make sure a qualified, rational and fair individual takes Gonzales' place – no Harriet Meyers style lackeys or John Boltonesque wingnuts. This is particularly necessary given the extraordinary powers granted to the A.G. under the newest version of the Patriot Act

    August 27, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. egon fawlkner

    Yes, Al, they are called Democrats. They speak for the vast majority of American people who are beginning to grasp what's been sold them and why. The lies and dark agenda are a matter of public record. The lies about the wars, the handover of America to corporate interests, the blindness to all need by profits for the wealthiest... the list is endless. Thank goodness Reid and the others may now speak honestly above the dwindling chorus of bitter name callers whose insults lack particularity and substance. You may now be seen for what you are. Uninformed, ill-educated, and intellectually dishonest. Your remarks are familiar and predictable. And increasingly meaningless. Check the polls.

    August 27, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Robert Cozad, Oro Valley, AZ

    Mr. bush has an anti -Rebublic agenda, and was elected by the one issue extremists, ( abortion, NRA, ) in conjunction with the crooked lobbyists that know how to mobilize these factions into a coalition that ignores all of the limitations of the constitution by ruling them non functional with 1,100 "signing statements. This will be a interesting administration to study in the next twenty five years if they don't destroy all of their documents on their way out. ( Don't kid yourself Bush W. did it in Texas)

    August 27, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Barbara R. Doyle Cape Coral, FL

    When the new Attorney General is sworn in and swears to "uphold the Constitution" maybe we should insist he/she swears to"OBEY the Constitution" as well. Oh silly me!

    August 27, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Ron, Orlando, FL

    To AL
    Democrats as well as the American people don't like being lied to...
    We don't like leadership with a hidden agenda that undermines the constitution..
    We don't like an administration that uses manipulation, distortion and fear to subjegate the American people..
    I for one thank God; Gonzalez is finally leaving after all the damage he has done to our justice system..
    For all of you diehard Republicans who don't see where these people have dragged us, this mess is coming to an end..
    I fully support Sen. Harry Reid and yes we are angry. You will see just how angry we are at the next election.

    August 27, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. J. THOMAS Mesquite, Texas

    Yes, and we need to investigate Harry Reid while we're at it.
    Talk about the kettle calling the pot black, Reid is a crook....and a weeny!
    To charge any other man with being "spineless", Reid needs to take a long look in the mirror. He'll see a real WIMP.

    August 27, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. James, Phoenix AZ

    Rick in Chicago writes, "I didn't vote for Dubya and don't consider him MY president either. He's the president of all the idiots who were stupid enough to vote for him "

    You and Michael Jackson have lots in common – living in never-never land. Chicago is still part of the US, right? And President Bush is still the President of the US? That's ok – you keep living in your hazy world.

    Then you said, "You mean the agenda the Dems were ELECTED to try to enforce when they FLEECED the Repubs on Nov 7th"

    Is THIS the same congress that has an 18% approval rating that you're bragging about? Didn't they promise to get us out of Iraq, hold the President accountable, etc?

    Funny – I seem to remember Nancy Pelosi commenting how impeachment is "off the table" and Reid saying it's not going to happen.

    Talk about being laughably gullible, Rick!

    August 27, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. John S

    I find little or nothing useful being said by either point of view. Most politicians are not serving our country today. They are serving their own agenda and attempting to stay in power. This is true for Dems & Repubs. It would be refreshing to see one of you come up with a solution rather than play the blame game. If we the people spend all our time playing games and not solving our country goes down the proverbial toilet.

    August 27, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Tim, Orlando, FL

    I understand that the timing of Attorney General Gonzales's resignation will allow the White House to perform a "recess appointment", appointing a new Attorney General without the need for Congressional approval.

    This situation is unacceptable, particularly in light of the abuses of justice performed by the Executive Branch and particularly by previous Attorneys General.

    The Senate needs to get back in session immediately to prevent this and require Senate confirmation of any appointees. We the people require an Attorney General that will swear to defend the Constitution, not the President. The Senate must refuse to confirm anyone that has any ties to the White House, and must demand that they investigate wrongdoing and malfeasance whereever they occur. This trend toward unchecked monarchy must end.

    And Senator Reid is right: Gonzales's resignation shouldn't end the investigation into his own personal misconduct.

    August 27, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    CNN …
    Since you posted what James in Phoenix, AZ had to say to me on this thread, you can now be fair enough to post my response.

    It's hard to have a dialogue on a topic with someone when the questions and/or answers don't get posted or intermittingly disappear in mid convo.

    Thanks.

    James, Phoenix AZ,

    Having trouble staying on topic when responding to my posts?

    "You and Michael Jackson have lots in common – living in never-never land. Chicago is still part of the US, right? And President Bush is still the President of the US? That's ok – you keep living in your hazy world."

    You and Timothy McVeigh must have a lot in common too then by your same logic, since you BOTH are republicans, both neocons, and you both support Bush and his administration's "If it doesn't like us, we'll just bomb the hell out of it until it DOES" philosophy – regardless of the loss of innocent life that you conveniently just consider "collateral damage".

    God how I just LOVE using your own asinine "logic" against you!

    And again, I don't consider some screwup I didn't vote for (EITHER time) "my" ... ANYTHING. I don't care WHERE I'm located. Let those people who were stupid enough to help re-elect the guy – a majority of which probably want their votes back – wear that as a badge of dishonor.

    "Is THIS the same congress that has an 18% approval rating that you're bragging about? Didn't they promise to get us out of Iraq, hold the President accountable, etc?"

    True or false, the Dems were ELECTED to TRY to enforce an agenda on Nov 7th?

    One word is all I need in response here.

    True or false, the Dems fleeced the repubs on Nov 7th when the Dems didn't lose a SINGLE congressional seat and instead won enough to TECHNICALLY control congress?

    One word is all I need in response here.

    Is there something not factually correct with the above two statements?

    Notice I said "elected to TRY to enforce" and I didn't comment on its success? Could that be because I don't think it HAS been a success – and with good reason?

    You DO realize that there's only ONE LESS republican in that congress – and that's only if you're stupid enough to actually consider Lieberman (a Republican in Democrat's clothing) a Dem? You DO realize that Cheney has the tie-breaker vote too right?

    What's the matter .. is that "control" you speak of suddenly seeming like it's nothing more than just a convenient label now?

    You DO realize that the 18 percent approval rating you speak of is for CONGRESS AS A WHOLE don't you? And you further realize that when you break congressional approval down ALONG PARTY LINES, you find that more people are happier with the Dems than are with the Repubs?

    Or did Sean Hannity not tell you that on Fox news?

    "Funny – I seem to remember Nancy Pelosi commenting how impeachment is "off the table" and Reid saying it's not going to happen.

    Talk about being laughably gullible, Rick!"

    Funny, I NEVER even mentioned Pelosi or Reid.

    Funny, I NEVER mentioned anything about impeachment either!

    Talk about being laughably (or is it conveneiently?) illiterate, James.

    August 31, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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