August 27th, 2007
03:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Your thoughts on Gonzales resignation

What do you think about Gonzales' resignation?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What's your reaction to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation? Did it come at the right time? Which party stands to benefit more from his departure?

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  1. Bright, Newport, RI

    Once again a competent man of principle is attacked by political opponents for the purpose of poltical agenda vice what is best for the people of the United States.

    August 27, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. R. Logan, Mililani, HI

    I honestly believe that two factors led to Alberto Gonzales' downfall: his own inability to remain impartial, and to a more significant degree, the puppet strings firmly attached to him, which were, no doubt, attached at the other end to Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. Bush is nothing more than a public figure head and the name of an administration, he doesn't do anything on his own anyway.

    I think his performance wouldn't have been so tarnished had he been allowed to do his job without White House interference. Had he not been so close to the White House as special counsel to Bush, he probably would have faired much better.

    August 27, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Marcelo. Phoenix,Az

    If you go to work for the president or vice presidents' inner circle, chances are, you are going to lose your job. Next is Rice. And then...ups! there is nobady left. "Houston, we have a problem!"

    August 27, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Bubba from Tx

    He left the Justice Department – but justice should be served and he should be indited for lying under oath!

    August 27, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Derek Duncan Charlottesville, Virginia

    "Good job Brownie!"

    Another bozo fails and Bush will replace him with an equal.

    The Bush Republicans just don't get it. So sad for our great country and its' reputation.

    August 27, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Curt, Winter Haven FL

    It seems quite strange that just prior to the upcoming "state of Iraq" reports coming out that a number of key government officials are resigning, etc. You can believe in coincidence if you wish. I personally don't but I do believe president Bush is up to something again that is beginning to look a lot like the pre-Iraq days. We were led down a yellow brick road then with untruths, deception and a wrongly inspired , blinding, patriotic fever. I cannot help but have suspicions that it's going to surface again.

    August 27, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Jonathan, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

    Politics at the Justice Department? Maybe you liberals would prefer the Clinton approach of firing all of the US Attorneys (which he did when he became president). You liberals certainly won't sleep until Bush is himself out-of-office. Then, it will be someone else's turn (unfortunately again, for Billary, UGH)!

    August 27, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Sue, Naperville IL

    About time!

    August 27, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. william, fremont ca

    A lap dog that did not bark unless his master told him to do so. He had everything to be an outstanding attorney general but he forgot that the real boss was the law and the american people. Is this what the "american dream" is about: suck up to powerful people and do what you are told?. And now he is willing to be a distraction for the real problem which is the IRAK MESS!

    August 27, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Mike, Newbury Park, Ca.

    I'm really, really, really, glad that I don't know any of you poisoned, bitter, souls writing most of this garbage.

    August 27, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Yelena Svepova, Kiev Ukraine

    I love Americans. You unfortunately have the power, making us around the world to have to pay attention to this chicanery. You destroyed one of the greatest Presidents in your history, Nixon, because of a petty break-in, but let one of your most dangerous Presidents, President Clinton, get away with murder...but that is OK I guess because he was a Democrat. The home of the free and the brave obviously hs two sets of values. Republicans can be booted for supposed wiretapping but Democrats have it better, they are immune to prosecution from anything. Ask your cuddly Clinton who was nothing better than Al Capone wearing his Democrat shield of guarenteed protection. Please....

    August 27, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Kevin, Tallahassee, FL

    What purely amazes me is Bush's desire to say we're picking on the poor defenseless Attorney General. Ummm....hello? This was more than just a political move by the Democrats, who frankly, have had difficult organizing on one general issue lately. This is a reaction to an Attorney General who felt it necessary to destroy the very right to privacy and the protection against illegal search and seizure that is the basis of most of our judicial law. Good bye Mr. Gonzales....I hope you retire in more privacy than you afforded the American people.

    August 27, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. mike, Chicagi Ill

    It proves that 'progressives' are only so as long as you agree with them. Can you imagine if conservatives hounded the first hispanic cabnit member from office? The liberals would be screaming.

    August 27, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Randall

    Good I'm glad he stepped aside. It seemed as if he had little regard for the rule of law. Sorry to say, but Chertoff is gonna be worse.

    August 27, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Sean Going, Tucson, AZ

    Given his slippery way of defining "torture," his crooked manner of answering questions and his remarkable ability to "not recalling having said" many things that later came back to bite him, I'm just glad to see one more dirty politician fall from power. Too bad there are plenty more to fill his shoes.

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Richard Watkins, Olathe, KS

    Years from now, if asked about any possible contributions by Mr. Gonzales to America, I'll simply borrow his most repeated quote: "I don't recall."

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Tom - St. Paul, MN

    This is a good day for the US. It's not about Republicans and Democrats. \

    To those who are bringing up the usual Clinton allegations–Even if those things are true, does that justify Bush/Gonzales behavior? Pull yourself out of the mud and join the rest of us Americans on the dry, solid ground of upholding our Constitution!

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Ruby, Cary, NC

    Heckuva job Gonzie!

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. d person albany ny

    LONG overdue – he should have been gone a LONG LONG time ago.
    was under qualified from the start and always showed more loyalty to the president than to his constitutional duties. The Ashcroft bedside shenanigans really clinched it for me. What a depressing chapter in history. W's handlers have brought shame and discredit to our whole nation.

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. John, Albuquerque, NM

    Whoopeeee! One more bad apple out of a bushel basket full of them. The lot still stinks. Gonzales was probably just trying to do what his (perceived) "boss" told him to do. The problem with people like Gonzales is that they don't feel any sort of higher calling to the principles of justice, law, morality, the Constitution or whathaveyou when appointed to such positions by the president.

    VISUALIZE IMPEACHMENT

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Robert Newman

    The last rat has abandoned the sinking ship of state. I am elated to see him go. He did enough damage. History will judge him for obiedient creature he turned into during his association with Bush.

    August 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Danielle - Bastrop, TX

    I completely agree with Michael – Coram, NY who posted "Why do are all of these people allowed to resign? I am still waiting for censure and impeachment of this president. Will the federal judges that were fired for political reasons get their positions back? The past 8 years of this administration have been the biggest badge of disgrace this country has ever had to wear. It will take decades for this country to regain its trust in voting, justice and foreign policy. I am still astonished that we have not had a second revolution or states threatening to leave the union again. This administration hijacked the republican party and the United States."
    It's time to impeach Bush, Cheney and censure of all the others to show everyone that this is unacceptable behavior from the leaders of this country.

    August 27, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Sean Going, Tucson, AZ

    Given his slippery way of defining "torture," his crooked manner of answering questions and his remarkable ability to "not recall having said" many things that later came back to bite him, I'm just glad to see one more dirty politician fall from power. Maybe some day others will learn that accountability comes to each in due time...

    August 27, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Mike Denver, CO

    WHO CARES! This is an issue that politicians have made prominent in the news, but the average American doesn't and shouldn't care. Instead, the politicians should be figuring out why they have let mortgage brokers get people into houses with mortgages that are BOUND TO FAULT. This is the real crisis in America. Praying on the less fortunate an those with less than amicable credit should be a punishable crime and yet our government does NOTHING. Stupid Republicans, stupid Democrats. Try being HUMAN BEING. You watch while the credit crunch really affects you. I'm sorry but the bush administration has only hurt the 3800 soldiers and their families that have died as a result. Millions are adversely affected by the mortgage crisis and it is rippling through the world. Lending should be fully regulated by the Federal Reserve. The credit crisis will ruin this country if it is not controlled. Then you'll report to Mao instead of Bush

    August 27, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Steven Short, Mercer Island, WA

    If he wasn't lying to Congress he sure did a good acting job.

    I hope the integrity of the Justice Department can be restored quickly.

    August 27, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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