July 8th, 2009
07:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Ex-AG Gonzales lands Texas Tech job

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has taken a job at Texas Tech University.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has taken a job at Texas Tech University.

(CNN) - Nearly two years after being pushed out of office by a scandal surrounding the firing of federal prosecutors, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has taken a job at Texas Tech University, the school announced Tuesday.

Gonzales will work to recruit minority students for the Lubbock-based college's diversity office and teach a junior-level political science seminar on "Contemporary Issues in the Executive Branch," according to a statement from Texas Tech.

"I am excited that Alberto Gonzales is bringing his experience to Texas Tech," Kent Hance, Texas Tech's chancellor, said in the statement. "His own upbringing in Houston as part of a migrant family with eight children makes him qualified to tell underrepresented Texas students that college is possible."

Gonzales became the lawyer in the 1990s for then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who later appointed him to the state Supreme Court. In 2001, he followed Bush to Washington to serve as White House counsel and attorney general - a post he was forced out of in August 2007, amid several investigations into the Justice Department he led.

A special prosecutor is still looking into whether Justice Department officials broke the law in the 2006 dismissals of at least eight U.S. attorneys, several of whom have said they were fired after refusing to mount prosecutions they considered politically motivated. During appearances before Congress, Gonzales appeared to contradict himself, other officials or Justice Department documents and repeatedly said he did not recall the answers to senators' questions.

And Gonzales was at the center of a dispute into the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program. He originally told senators that there was no dissent among administration officials over the program. But after former Deputy Attorney General James Comey described a dramatic confrontation among top White House, Justice and FBI officials in then-Attorney General John Ashcroft's hospital room, Gonzales acknowledged he "may have created confusion" in his testimony.

Gonzales had blamed "a very tough economy" and ongoing investigations into his tenure at the Justice Department for his extended stretch of unemployment following his 2007 resignation.

"That is why I am working as hard as I can with my legal team to try to get these investigations completed as quickly as possible, because I am anxious to move on to the next phase of my life," he told CNN in February. "I feel like I still have a lot to contribute to our community and to our country and I want to do so."


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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He should be in JAIL, JAIL, JAIL.

    July 8, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Warren, GA

    This scumbag had the opportunity to represent minorities and he choked. The first hispanic Attorney General and he let minorities and the country down. He couldn't represent me for a game of checkers. The university is doing minorities a disservice by giving this man a job.

    He should go home, write a book, and tell the American people the truth for a change. Other than that, who cares about him? He was George-Worst-President-Ever's flunky.

    July 8, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. LB in FL

    And come July 26th Texas Tech will be offering the Wasilla Hillbilly a job teaching "fancy pageant walkin' "! Sign up quick girls. Line forms to the right!

    July 8, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    I am not a fan of anything Bushian but I"m amazed that such a high-ranking official had to settle for such a low ranking job. Seems as though the rules are different for him.

    After Chenney left office as Secretary of Defense under Daddy Bush, he got a plumb gig as the CEO of Haliburton ... a guy named Gonzales gets to be an adjunct professor?

    July 8, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Randolph Carter

    Funny, I thought Bush would at least get him a cushy job in the oil industry. Have a nice day!

    July 8, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Deb

    A temporary job until he gets prosecuted! Along with Cheney, Rove and even Bush.

    July 8, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Grog in Ohio

    I wonder if the exams in Mr. Gonzales' classes will allow 78 "I don't recall" or "I don't know" responses...

    July 8, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. R in Maine

    It is typical that a criminal would be rewarded with a prestigious and high-paying job in Texas. Imagine my surprise/

    July 8, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. hoped it was doing prison laundry

    this man needs some time behind bars

    just makes you sad to see a person that did such harm enjoying the good life after making so many miserable

    July 8, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. jayme

    He will teach the students on how to perfect the art of "amnesia of convenience". I was going to say more but I can't seem to remember what it was or where and when.

    July 8, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Lubbock is a good place for him to be forgotten in. As for college education for minorities, I believe that Gonzales attended the Air Force Academy, which is tuition, room and board free. And to have him teaching a Poli Sci course, well lets hope it isn't Constitutional Law. As for his "extended" unemployment, I don't think he was hurting monetarily considering his salary from being White House Counsel, then Attorney General.

    July 8, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. johnnie

    he needs to land a job in prison,where else would he get a job ,but in (texas) his former boss lives there.

    July 8, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Alberto Gonzales and The Bush Administration should be brought to justice for sanctioning torture and other various crimes.

    July 8, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. E. Elliott

    Yet another of the Bush league war criminals that has yet to be indicted. Come on, Obama, make an example of the whole bunch. Then the people of this country can hold our heads up proudly again.

    July 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He should be going to school for engineering in case he has to pull a Michael Scoffield and pull a PrisonBreak. lol

    July 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Hey, at least he isn't like Sandy Burger (a Clinton's former employee) who stuffed classified papers in his socks and pants and GETS OFF WITHOUT ANY JAIL TIME.

    July 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. TCM

    Funny how CNN states, "Controversial Bush aid lands job..."
    Yet, virtually every member in the Obama administration, to include himself are highly controversial, and at a minimum, most are not qualified to hold the job given to them. Many have actually broken the law; a law that would have sent many of us to jail....Obama himself broke law by firing Walpin...and accepting foreign campaign contributions...toss those in with the still ongoing refusal to provide a vaulted copy of his birth certificate, and we have the most controversial person in the White House. I'm beginning to think that there are some radical hold outs at CNN, bent on spewing misinformation in obama's favor, continuing to try and slam Bush. We had started to see more balanced articles, but this one makes the progress step back a little.

    July 8, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. a little sad

    As long as they don't let him teach ethics or constitutional law....

    July 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Zero.

    Read my Book! `The cure for Americanism under Barack Obama"

    July 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. fet up

    PS...he should be in JAIL!!!!

    July 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Rob Johnson

    Quite a fall from being the most powerful law enforcement official in the country to teaching a "junior-level political science seminar."

    Of course, Gonzalez is lucky to have a job at all after his shameful performance in the Bush administration. It says a lot about higher education in the state of Texas that they would even offer him a job.

    I'd say he was the worst of the bunch, but Rumsfeld and Cheney are tough to beat, so I'll have to give him the #3 slot in the Hall of Shame.

    July 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Steve

    Hey c'mon Alberto just followed in Reagan's Iran-Contra footsteps with the "I don't recall" line. He should really be teaching a class called "Political Ethics, Honesty and Bush aka Oxymorons and just plain Morons"

    July 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Free Ride

    The headline on CNN's page is Contraversial Bush aide lands big job". By the standards of former Attorney Generals', methinks this position hardly qualifies as a "big job".

    July 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Cry Me A River GOP

    WHY IS THIS GUY NOT IN JAIL?????? But didn't it take him 2 years to find a job??? they must of did it out of pitty

    July 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Donna Mansfield

    Lubbock should be SO proud – Waylon and Willie brought it pride, now Gonzales brings it shame. He may still be brought to justice for all the evil he has done. And how can he possibly lecture anyone about "contemporary issues in the executive branch"? He doesn't have a clue what they would be!!!

    July 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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