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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  1. Bob Hazelwood,MO

    Send him packing. It is disgraceful how he did not support the Border Guards who are now in prison for doing their jobs. I am a Conservative, but Bush is sure no conservative, and this is his good buddy. Get rid of them all!!

    June 8, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Todd York, Arizona

    You might think it's a joke, but when is someone finally going to ask him to define "illegal"?

    June 8, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. david birmingham,al

    the whole darn administration needs to be thrown in jail. as an alabamian, i can tell you that even in the deep south people are waking up. i was 7 years ahead of everyone else, and i've had to say "i told you so." the only reason it has taken so long is because our irresponsible media is too busy covering blondes who've died, gone missing or who are addicted to drugs instead of covering genuine issues that matter, like the survival of our republic.

    June 8, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Jimbo, Lakewood Colorado

    Nothing will happen...the President will do whatever he likes and the Congress will wimper in the corner. Merely slapping his hands with a non-binding vote of no confidence will not embarrass the un-embarrassable. This will merely be another diversion from the killing fields of Baghdad.

    June 8, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. David Elliott Toronto Ontario

    This non-confidence vote should have happened long ago and would have saved a lot of grief.

    June 8, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Get a Clue

    hey B and other moronic Republican operatives that insist on spewing the official party propaganda. Yes the Democratic congress has spent a long time doing what is suppose to be doing – OVERSIGHT, something the Republi-Clones couldn't seem to do.

    And the reason whey they keep coming up short is that Good old Alberto is following in his good buddy Scooter's footsteps and doing whatever he can to thwart the investigation and obstruct justice. Just the kind of trait you want in an Attorney General.

    Get a clue and start thinking for yourselves or you can continue to be the laughing stock of the nation along with your buddy Bush

    June 8, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. chas.D. Storrs, Ct.

    Notice that Gonzales says he will stick it out till the end. So what will Spector do? G.is not going until the Republicans open their Human eyes and act. Until then, Bush owns them.

    June 8, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Alhambra, California,

    No confidence vote? What's wrong with impeachment and indictment? Forget about Paris Hilton. The last time I checked, kidnapping, torture, and illegal wiretapping were felonies.

    June 8, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. James, Chapel Hill, NC

    YIPPEE! Now, extend the vote to include King George and you really have something!

    June 8, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    It makes a person wonder just how disgusting and corrupt an ATTY GEN would have to be for Bush to fire him?

    June 8, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. digdug, Porterville California

    "...worried about a historical blackmark..."

    What makes anyone think conservatives care about anything beyond advancing their narrow, extremist agenda, and putting more profiteering cronies in positions of power while they pretend to be proponents of capitalism?

    Conservatives don't care what others think of them. All evidence to the contrary, they have convinced themselves of their purity and "rightness". Nothing can talk them down. No logic nor rational debate makes a dent.

    They are convinced they are right (ignoring reality in the process), and will drag everyone else down with them rather than admit all the destruction they wreak.

    June 8, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Wayne, Los Angeles, CA

    Owooo "no confidence," owoooo. I'll bet that has the Bushies shaking in their shorts.
    Prediction: The no confidence vote goes down the tubes and the Dems end up with egg on their face – again. Iraq funding bill Redux.
    Nothing is going to change until the Republicans in the House and Senate decide that the future of this country is more important than the Bush legacy, and so far they have not shown any inclination to dump Bush/Chaney/Rove. They're just going to continue the same ol' same ol', hoping that Rove can pull another miracle out of his hat. Meanwhile, our kids die in Iraq in ever increasing numbers.
    This country is truly going to hell.

    June 8, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Cycle3man, New Hydw Park, NY

    I think Congress has finally got his attention and he realizes that his game is over. How do I know this?

    Well look at the photo: "The smirk is gone"

    June 8, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Joshua Smithers, Miami, FL

    The Commander Guy, and all of his little Commanderettes, are really gonna be PO'd!!

    June 8, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Monte, Dunedin, Florida

    Gonzales has no allegiance to truth, justice, or the United States of America. He's Bush's lackey, and he should be given the boot. He has no honor, and no integrity to hold himself out as a public servant.

    June 8, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Simon Frank

    True, Gonzalez must go, but if we hope to rid our national leadership of the fulcrum of high crimes and misdemeanors, power gone amok, falsified intelligence, and intimidation, then Cheney must be impeached (H.R. 333). It astonishes me why we dance around this matter.

    June 8, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. JC, spudderville, washington

    Why bother with a no confidence vote, he won't resign, and bush won't fire him? What he really needs is to be IMPEACHED! Then IMPEACH cheney, then IMPEACH the pretzledent...

    June 8, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Eric, LA, CA

    I don't understand how anyone can still want to support this guy! It is a travesty that he will quite possibly retain his role as AG after the vote. The DOJ will be tainted for years to come..

    June 8, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. Trev - not an american

    Does it really matter if Gonzalez stays the term... its only 1 more year really and the guy is totally under the microscope now.

    And yes.. the Democrats totally wimped on this one. There is evidence everywhere that these people got fired because they were ticking off republicans by leading very damaging investigations against them. Fire them.. get rid of them.. and replace them with party loyalists .. thereby politicizing the law and ruining democracy. Bush should be impeached for this... Gonzalez is just his pawn.

    June 8, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. John, Washington, D.C.

    I'll wait and see how this turns out and if there are really votes that come to the floor.

    But look how bad his skin is. He should never be allowed to serve in public office. (Actually, Bush has pretty bad skin, too. Luckily, the mainstream media doesn't inflict too many close-ups on us.)

    June 8, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. Poggy, Sunnyvale, CA

    Figures. These wimpy democrats are afraid to go after this criminal. Why waste time with a no confidence vote? Congress is authorized by the constitution to impeach this worm. But no, the republicans will accuse them of overreaching. Wimps!

    June 9, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  22. Ronnie, Batesville, Arkansas

    I approve of what the legislative branch is doing. Let the President know that they, along with the American people, disapprove of his choice for Attorney General. The Will of the People should be the FIRST consideration of our elected officials. It is about time that our President understands this. What better decision to make than for our legislative branch to show their support or lack thereof.

    June 9, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. Cycle3man, New hyde Park, NY

    Bush deep seated insecurity is demonstrated by his holding on to all these incompetent losers instead of jettisoning them as soon as they are exposed.

    June 9, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  24. Mike Fenton, Morristown, NJ

    The damage done to he DOJ will last for years. Worse yet is the damage to our federal government. This president has succeeded in ruining the federal government through his incompetent managing of everything, appointing people who have his warped moral center, and through the use of corupt, expensive consultants everywhere.

    June 9, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  25. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    "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."

    This point tells the story why our Nation is heading in the wrong direction, any up standing American person will agree that Mr. Gonzales has over stayed his welcome as attorney general. But the leaders of our country just don't get. If the american people don't start to pay attention, get involved and tell theor representives enough is enough, God help us all!

    June 9, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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