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?

Add a comment with your thoughts below.


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  1. Andrew, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Smart move. The confirmation hearings will expose more bitter partizanship in Congress, reducing their approval numbers even further. Come election time 2008 and faced with a Democrat – controlled Congress that has done nothing for two years, the Republicans stand a very good chance of regaining control.

    August 27, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    He is NOTHING but yet another "Yes Man" in the Bush/Cheney regime. They are the real Weapons of Mass Destruction. They will take us to war with Iran if America lets them. Gonzalez & all the rest of this regime just want to feed the Military-Industrial Complex. Sita, Claremont, CA

    August 27, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    It is amazing to listen to Republicans praise a man who has demonstrated that he has little idea what the people who report to him actually are doing. He "can't recall" important points while dealing with important matters, and he has been shown to have lied many times based on witnesses testimony. He has demonstrated his contempt for Congress. His credibility has been questioned by leading Republicans. This is the kind of man they want as the most important law official in our nation.
    They say there's nothing to this, but since this issue came up, Alberto Gonzales has resigned. Karl Rove has resigned. Kyle Sampson, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, has resigned. Michael Battle, Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys has resigned. Monica Goodling,Justice Department's liaison to the White House, has resigned. Paul McNulty, Deputy Attorney General has resigned. Bush apologists are unable to connect the dots.

    August 27, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. John from America

    Gonzo – Go to JAIL!

    August 27, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. John from America

    Put him in jail and see if he can remember then!

    August 27, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Jeremiah Willis,Sarasota,Fl

    Why dont they promote from within the ranks of the justice department instead of appointing someone . At least then we can get somone who knows what they are doing and employees there will try to actually perform well to be promoted.

    August 27, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. Bill, Des Moines Iowa

    I find it ironic for Bush to claim that Al was being attacked "for political reasons." As if that's a bad thing! At least, it's a good enough reason for the AG to fire people in his chain.

    Anybody find it strange that all of Bush's tools are leaving in disgrace? The version of the "Unitary Executive" principle that this administration espouses says that everyboy in the executive branch should essentially be doing the prez's bidding. If we're unhappy with the results, maybe we should get rid of the guy calling the shots.

    So I say, "Yay, we got rid of the lesion. The cancer happily goes on."

    August 28, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Allen, Redlands CA

    Gonzalez to resign in mid September? I'm not going to hold my breath. By that time he probably won't "recall" when he said he'd resign.

    August 28, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  9. dumbanddumber

    Gonzales just seemed like a 'stupid' syncophant to me – dumber even than Bush himself, which, of course, makes sense!

    Dishonest, criminal...no, but just a little too willing to subvert his own ethics, or his own conscience, to 'lie' for his boss, the Prez.

    Yet, I wonder if he really had any of his own thoughts, and, if so, did they have any depth. Looking at him, peering into his eyes, I doubt it.

    Enough said; dumb boss, dumber employees.

    August 28, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  10. Mark, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    It's about time. His apparent lack of memory, or inability to keep his story straight, has made him not only a distraction in Justice, but a possible injustice to the very position he holds.

    Mr. Gonzales has apparently realized that not only is he not doing the Justice Department any good, but he has managed to destroy his own integrity, and that of his professional stature as well. I would be interested in knowing which Federal Laws he found loopholes in, and which ones he just disregarded, or ignored to serve his president.

    Politics do not belong in Justice...

    It's apparent that this Administration didn't know that.

    August 28, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  11. Sara, New York

    So – a lot of comments are saying that this is less of a crime than Janet Reno/Clinton firing all of the attorneys.

    Here's the problem with that idea –
    Every president in history fires all of the attorneys at the start of a term and hires all new ones. This is LEGAL because the president is not firing the attorneys because of politics – the president does not only fire attorneys who are of a different political party or who are harming his political party.

    In this case, Bush told Gonzo to fire 8 attorneys who were making trouble for the Republicans. It is illegal to fire these attorneys on the basis of politics.

    My next question is: what about Bush?

    If Clinton can be impeached for cheating on his wife, why shouldn't Bush be impeached for starting a war on false pretenses, abandoning Katrina victims, illegal wiretapping, firing U.S. attorneys that made trouble for his political party, etc.?

    August 28, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    What has happened to my country? How did criminals and fear peddlers take control of my rights and my livelyhood? How did an unpopular President recieve a second term?

    When a man like Gonazalez is more loyal to his cronies and his ideology instead of the law, when no lie becomes too much and no intimidation to far fetched, when no dissent is tolerated and any reason for action will suffice, when politics becomes so cutthroat that people are losing not only jobs but lives, when all sense of reality is lost and all love has been bent to hate for personal gain...

    it is time to speak up. It is time to pay attention. It is time to take action against the criminals and say to them, "we are watching you. You cannot run and hide by a simple resignation. We will not forget you or the laws that you have destroyed, the families that you have ruined, the constitution that you have tattered. We have fought and died to protect our rights and you will not take them from us.

    We're coming for you Gonzo. You were what is standing between Bush and his personal Waterloo. Perhaps Bush thinks that by letting you go he will be able to continue his war without scrutiny, without bad press.

    He is wrong.

    Too much wrong has been done. Too much carelessness and greed has been placed above the law. Gonzo could not get his facts straight and that speaks volumes. It says that you are not as organized as you would like your enemies to think Mr. Bush. Your man Cheney is not as unstoppable as he once thought. Your big oil connections and rigged elections cannot save you now.

    The Congress of this country will not allow you to appoint another shill for your failed policys, another punching bag to take your flack.

    Its on you now, Mr. Bush. The firewall is breached and your men Karl and Gonzo have gone to "Spend time with family."

    I would suggest the same to you, but you sir, do not know the meaning of the word. You only know how to use, abuse and manipulate.

    I look forward to the next six months sir. May you leave the White House the same way you came in... in scandal and defeat.

    The people you've brought ruin to would have no less. However, I pity you. I pity the fact that you do not know what you have wrought... that you sit in your ivory tower awaiting word of your next "yes man". He will not be arriving anytime soon. You are in for a rude awakening Mr. Bush, a harsh education in reality, the reality that your country has left you and your war and your ideology and that you are a leader of one.

    The saddest part, is that once upon a time, you could have made us all one, brought us all together, made the world a better place. Instead, your legacy will be scandal and all Gonzo represents is another shattered life on the road that you have paved for yourself.

    I look forward to the next six months, but not with joy, with bitter regret and relief at the same time, because the truth must come out if we are to continue as a nation, and come out it will, at your expense.

    August 28, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. Anita, Houston, Texas

    Well this goes to show that Chenney and Bush have taken the concept of nepatism to a whole new level. Digging their own political graves by surrounding themselves with allies that are not qualified and weak in order to protect themselves in case something goes wrong. These people are simply smoke screens or scape goats to hide the fallacies of Chenney and Bush who are by far the worst leaders in American politics. This administration was a sort of fraternity of many idiotic and numb individuals who were playing politians for the past 7 years just for the hope of glorification. Leadership means taking responsibility for every aspect of a job, to be your best and most efficient, to be an example to others around you to do the same. Chenney and Bush do not fit this description.

    August 28, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  14. clintonliedandpeopledied, Miami, Florida

    The hate and stupidity from the leftist posts are amazing. Please, educate yourselves before posting.

    Thank you.

    August 28, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  15. Godfrey Dande, NJ

    As in any war, in the war for moral integrity there are casualties. Thanks for taking one for the team Alberto and kicking some morally spineless entities out of the American DOJ. If only he could code true marriage into the constitution, that would be worth JB and all the team resigning. Time to bring the country back to good, old American sense, the very thing which made this country great; the emphasis presently in on 'made' not 'makes', thus the need for a contemporary crop of statesmen, who put the country before their person.

    August 28, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  16. Eyckie, Toronto, Ontario

    The Republicans aren't winning any popularity contests and they will benefit the most from Gonzales' departure. The Dems have been having a field day with Gonzales for a while now and if Bush taps Larry Thompson for the job he could win back some support for finally listening to the people. He should have been kicked to the curb about 8 months ago!

    August 28, 2007 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  17. Lyons Steve

    Couldn't have happened to a bigger enemy of freedom, except for Dick Cheney – now that Rove's gone.

    August 28, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  18. Lyons Steve

    /***
    If only Democrats hated terrorists as much.
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    If only Republicans hated dictatorships so much.

    August 28, 2007 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  19. Lyons Steve

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    CNN is the most bias "news" agency in television — especially their ticker posts. They often delete republican responses yet allow the most vile anti-Bush statements to stay.
    ***/

    Bush is anti-Constitution. That's as vile as a U.S. politician can get.

    You want to see bias in the news, visit the FOX Right-Wing NEWS. The propaganda arm for this criminal administration, FOX News should be dismantled for domestic terrorism and replaced with...anything. A damn PARROT would be better than those liars.

    But I am enjoying the spitting embers of a dying flame. Please rant on. Many of us are enjoying this greatly.

    August 28, 2007 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  20. DD, Davis CA

    Gonzalez more than overstayed his welcome but it exemplifies the arrogance and contempt the Bush Administration has for the institutions that have served this country for over two hundred years. Gonzales may have been the worst because he appeared to have no conscience whatsoever–a willing bagman for whatever Bush and Cheney dreamed up. As for which party will benefit? I'm not sure either one will. The Republicans did nothing to curb the excesses and the Democrats held meaningless "no confidence" votes while handing Gonzales more power than any AG before him. The American people should hold BOTH parties accountable for this travesty. After what this country as been subjected to, I hope impeachment finds its way back onto Nancy Pelosi's table.

    August 28, 2007 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  21. Joel, New York, NY

    Don't let the door hit him where God split him.

    August 28, 2007 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  22. John, Long Island - New York

    Former AG Alberto Gonzales was no more than a simple "scapegoat" that the Democrats used to express their spite for the GOP... It's really pathetic and pitiful... that politicians have now sucumbed to such standards as to utilize any small flaw in the administration to put up bits and bits of charges against them... thus forming the larger picture to bring down the Bush, and even the Republican party. The thing is u rlly shouldn't be "joking" about these matters in such manner – when thers the war, immigration, not to even mention the various other pressures currently on the nation and ppl.
    Also, about those "political firings" of the attorneys. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! that is teh whole point of politics. In fact let's not forget that countless administrations before – both Dem. and GOP have fired many many attorneys like that in the past. In fact, Clinton himself fired the entire department pretty much! And then hired new personell to each and every post based on his own feelings.. now tell me that's actually less political than bush firings. And don't even go with the stupid excuse of: "well clinton fired at beginning of administration; bush fired mid-time through" that has ABSOLUTELY no importance PERIOD.

    August 28, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  23. Eric Pivnik, CA

    Another unqualified Bush scumbag forced to resign in disgrace. Good riddens.

    August 28, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  24. Anonymous

    I feel the liberals had it in for him from the beginning. Any one with character and integrity is in for a up hill battle in the demonstrate run house and senate.

    August 28, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  25. Madan Ahluwalia

    He should have resigend long time ago. Where there is smoke, there is fire. Bush can not do anything right.

    August 28, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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