June 8th, 2007
03:32 PM ET
12 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. jay jay omaha ne


    June 8, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. L. Dougherty lansdale, Pa.

    Get him out of office.

    June 8, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Doug, Erie PA

    This is the same AG who thinks 'Ed Rosenthal' is public enemy #1. It's certainly time for Gonzalez to go. I didn't think anybody could be worse than John Asscroft, and then along came Alberto.

    June 8, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Janet, Brooklyn NY

    About time, he needs to go. He is a disgrace.

    June 8, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. B-

    How about we have a "no-confidence" vote on Chuck Schumer. Since they spent 6 months investigating this and can't produce any evidence they decide to take this route which is entirely based on opinion. "We don't like the guy" is not good enough for me. How about a "no-confidence" vote on William Jefferson or Jack Murtha or Nancy Pehosi. Now you're talking.

    June 8, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Karen - Novato, California

    When the media chooses a really bad photo of a politician such as the one in this article on CNN, and uses it, you know he's out of favor!

    Bad photo. Bad Attorney General
    Let's just call him Alberto GONE zales.

    June 8, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Ben

    Out, out, out!!!

    June 8, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Sonia Evans

    Please a no confidence vote is a joke. Gonzalez wont leave. The democrats are wimps...Just impeach the liar and be done with it.

    June 8, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. J (Atlanta, GA)

    The President talks big on loyalty, but he puts loyalty to his friends like Shady Gonzales ahead of any loyalty he might have to the American people. And if Alberto Gonzales had any guts, he would just man up to what he did and resign. The Pres didn't save Scooter and he won't save AG either.

    June 8, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Joe, Madison WI

    Cares more for power than the law. What more reason is there to say that he doesn't belong as AG? We'll see how many Republicans who said they want him out have the courage of their convictions.

    June 8, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Skip, Asheville, NC

    This man has no shame! He won't resign and will stay until King George orders him gone which won't happen!

    June 8, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Chris, Springfield PA

    I can't believe this guy is still in office. He needs to go. At what point does a person finally realize he isn't wanted and needs to move on?

    The Administration has been nothing but one disgrace after another.

    June 8, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Ivan Sandhez, Santa Fe, NM

    Gonzales needs to step down, nothing more!

    June 8, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. 2.0 weblogs

    This guy is a liar and a constitutional law breaker. He should resign or join Paris in a shameful cell.

    June 8, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Jacksonville, Fl.

    Bush will have to find another corrupt attorney.

    June 8, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. John, Shreveport, LA

    The next A.G. will probably be a Liberty University graduate. Monica G., perhaps?

    June 8, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Brizzle, San Diego, CA

    Finally...what took so long to get this vote?

    June 8, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Marcus, Seattle, WA

    An unbinding vote of no confidence? That's really stupid. Why bother? It will mean nothing to The Decider, and it will mean even less to Gonzales.

    How bout instead, going for a conviction on the War Crimes Act of 1996...which in this case would carry a maximum of the death penalty...I quote...

    Sec. 2401. War crimes

    (a) OFFENSE- Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

    This man, before he became the nations most nefarious Attorney General, was perhaps the main facilitator of Bush Torture-World, and many deaths are known to have resulted from the torture techniques that Gonzales and others codified with their "legal" opinions.

    The only question to ask regarding these evil men is, are they beyond the law? Do the president and all of his people get a pass on not only upholding and defending the law, but also on obeying the law? If they do, give them a no confidence vote so they can get on with their "righteous" work of torturing and murdering "bad guys" for the American people. But, if they don't get a legal pass, give them all trials for the crimes they are accused of, and if convictions are achieved, let the penalties be meted out according to the law. I am NOT an advocate for the death penalty, but considering Bush's record of death penalty punishment in Texas (which was consistently supported by Gonzales), I'd make an exception in this case.

    God help this country if these evil men are not held to the standard of law. This country will never be whole and right until men like these answer to the law. And only then will the US Constitution again be in effect.

    June 8, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Joe Wilson, Atlanta, GA

    I wonder if he will resign in disgrace, but nothing seems to embarass him. The number of stories keeps making the Republicans look very bad and he is like the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats.

    June 8, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. E. Keats, NY, NY

    And let the door hit him hard on the way out.

    June 8, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. BigShot, Orlando Florida

    Another one of Bush's political cronnies out of a job. Say Hello to Michael Brown at the unemployment line. Way to go Republicans.

    June 8, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Victor, Indianapolis, Indiana

    We're at war and he still has no problem with an open border.........unless it's in Iraq. he's not that hard to figure out.

    June 8, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Disabled Counterterrorism Veteran

    Gonzo's politization of the justice, unamerican torture policies, divisiveness, evasiveness of the truth, etc.. has undermined democracy and good throughout. We must eject this evildoer and his band of theives in the the name of all the good that the United States formerly stood for in hopes of returning our nation back from the direction of Evil and Greed the Bush Administration has a set course on.

    June 8, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Mike Rockville, Maryland

    I wish he had more to say about China poisoning our food and hygeine products. We sure owe them a lot of money and somehow the Founding Fathers never said we should be so indebted to a communist country. Strangest thing. i'm sure he could find it to be legal.....and just an oversight of the Founders. Owing money to communist countries is one thing, but shouldn't our currency have to be gaining value to keep it legal? Mr. Gonzales, any thoughts?

    June 8, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. billbo baggins

    Typical of Democrats...another meaningless action.

    June 8, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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