June 8th, 2007
03:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate set to take politically charged vote on Gonzales

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate will hold a politically-charged vote Monday related to a no-confidence resolution in the embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

In a statement issued Friday, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, an author of the no-confidence resolution, said if all senators followed their conscience, ‘this vote would be unanimous.’”

“However, the president will certainly exert pressure to support the attorney general, his longtime friend,” Schumer added. “We will soon see where people’s loyalties lie.”

The attorney general is under scrutiny by Congress over last year’s dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.

Schumer's statement is in reference to a procedural vote Monday on whether to proceed to a direct "no confidence" resolution.

Senate Republican leadership aides tell CNN most Republicans will vote against the motion, primarily because they view the resolution as politically motivated. Schumer heads the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

Last month, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted Gonzales would resign before facing a “substantial” no-confidence vote.

“I think that if and when he sees that coming, that he would prefer to avoid that kind of an historical black mark,” the Pennsylvania senator told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on May 20.

But a day after Specter’s comments, Bush reiterated his support in Gonzales and denounced the prospect of a no-confidence vote as “pure political theater.”

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Richard Hein, New York, NY

    Impeach Gozales and tell Bush that if he puts another crook in charge of Justice with a recess appointment that congress will decrease the White House budget by 30%.

    June 9, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Bill Mac Bean, Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Vote of No Confidence? I'll believe it when I see and hear it. So far, the "Democrats" we elected have elected to sell out to the bushies, and I, for one, am skepical, to say the least.

    June 9, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Lou Branch, Lodi, Ca.

    The closer we get to the elections of 2008 many of the GOP lawmakers will
    start chanting 'bye 'bye "Fredo". Gen.
    Pace has already gotten the word. The
    problem is that our country is "going to hell in a handbasket" while the "decider" is in charge.

    June 9, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Don ,Sp[ringfield,Ill

    Fredo Gone-Zales President Bush's Corrupt Chiuhuha Lap Dog Must be Fired, Tried and Convicted of all the wrong doings he and Master Bush have inflicted on all humanity,
    The same trials, conditions, and injustice system that has jailed hundreds at Gitmo should apply to the Worst AG in US history.
    Abu Ghraib Perhaps?
    D. Hudson

    June 9, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Doug - Portland, Oregon

    You don't understand. It is imperative for Abu Gonzales to STAY in office. He's the one who's ultimately responsible to prosecute any "funny business" with vote caging and the like. 2008 isn't that far away and they're already at it. Investigate that!! Of course, everyone will want to wait until AFTER the election to do anything. 2000 and 2004 will repeat itself. We need action NOW.

    June 9, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. M. Boyd Everett WA

    dismisssing the attorneys wasn't "pure political theater"?

    June 9, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Philbert, Phoenix, OR

    Interesting that all these cronies stay on and it gets attributed to Bush's loyalty to them. It's more likely, as in the case of Gonazales, (who used to be Bush's attorney in Texax and covered up DUI's for him, and kept him out of jury duty so junior wouldn't have to reveal his history of drug use) that the cronies have so much on shrub that he can't get rid of any of them. Not until he finds a way to buy them off that they're satisfied with.

    June 9, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Jaime Jaraba El Paso, Texas

    It's unfortunate that with so many qualified Hispanics, republicans as well as democrats, this guy, Gonzalez, has to have such an important position.It is obvious that he's not qualified and that he is, or was, a YES man, nomitated by the president for payback reasons. This is a man who has no principles and who follows the dismal politics of Carl Rove, another man who has proven to be totally inept. I'm embarrassed not only to be a Hispanic but also to be a Texan.
    But looking on the positive side, it's great that he was not appointed to the Supreme Court. We would have along with Clarence, the token black, the token chicano in the highest court.Dumb and Dumber in the higher court! Make it the three stooges with Sam Alito. At least Harriet Myers had integrity and that's probably why even Republicans derailed her nomination.Bush is fast becoming one of the most inept presidents in history.The old Chenney/Bush ticket has proven to be a ticket to failure.
    Culturally Hispanics are stubborn for we rarely believe in compromising, in accepting that we're wrong and changing what neds to be changed. Unfortunately,Gonzalez is living up to the streotype, just what our kids need -a role model to justify our shorcomings.What a nightmare!

    June 9, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Mke York, NYC, NY

    What took so long?

    June 9, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. MG Loraine, San Mateo, CA

    Another symbolic, non-binding resolution is indeed merely political theater – very disappointing to people who are expecting the bluster to eventually result in some action.

    Wake me when we get to the impeachments and war-crimes trials...

    June 9, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Raul, Tampa Fl

    Gonzalez' hands are dirty with the blood of innocent men that were executed in Texas. HE KNOWS THIS!!! Resign now!

    June 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Bob, York, PA

    I think that Congress needs to stop trying to make the President look bad and do what the Hell we send them to Washington for.


    June 10, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Walter Deans

    This adminastration has been corupt from the beginning. It is time to take the house of cards down.

    June 10, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. morton cederbaum green valley az

    At the time of this comment their are 43 negatives and no positive. What is wrong with this republic when an incompetent immoral croney can remain in office simply because he is a friend of an incompetent immoral president.

    June 10, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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