July 31st, 2007
06:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats call for Gonzales impeachment

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some House Democrats are calling for impeachment hearings against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to begin in the House Judiciary Committee unless he voluntarily resigns or is dismissed by President Bush.

"There is a national embarrassment in the United States attorney general's office," said Rep Jay Inslee, D-Washington, the resolution's author. "It needs to be remedied. And if the president does not do his clear job, we will do ours."

Inslee and 14 other Democrats introduced a resolution Tuesday ordering the House Judiciary Committee to "investigate whether Alberto R. Gonzales, attorney general of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors."

The measure's sponsors cite Gonzales' controversial testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the domestic surveillance program and the firing of several United States attorneys as adequate grounds for impeachment hearings.

"An investigation will root out all the details and will move us in the right direction," said Rep Ben Chandler, D-Kentucky.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer did not explicitly support the resolution, but said it "reflects significant sentiment in Congress and around the country. Alberto Gonzales has not been candid and truthful with the Congress of the United States and the American people."

Unlike the House Judiciary Committee's recent contempt of Congress charges against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, intervention by the Department of Justice would not be needed for an impeachment investigation, supporters of the measure say.

"The president thinks he has a checkmate over democracy," Inslee said. "Well, he cannot checkmate an impeachment inquiry. This is the tool in the toolbox we can use."

A spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee did not say if the resolution will be taken up by the committee when Congress returns from August recess.

–CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass

Filed under: Alberto Gonzales • House
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Mike, HI

    The President? The Vice President? Every other White House official?

    July 31, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Allen – if you think the Dems are a joke then you apparently didn't watch Gonzo giving testimony. It was pathetic.

    He used the term "I don't recall" 65 times during one session. If I did that with my boss you best believe I'd be out job hunting real fast. He is either hiding something or completely incompentant and needs to go.

    July 31, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Eyckie, Toronto, Ontario

    And Gonzales is not only a Bush crony but his puppet as well. Do you like to be lied to? Do you trust your country with an administration that can't hear anyone? The majority of Americans (and apparently you are in the minority), are speaking very loudly and these guys are deaf and plainly do not give a fig what the population wants. Bush and Gonzales say that they have to get to work for the American people but they aren't listening to those same people. It's all smoke and mirrors. I have menopause and Gonzales' memory appears to be worse than mine. He has changed his statement. You need to go back and read it.

    July 31, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Rob, Seattle WA

    No Allen, the current administration is the "joke". Wake up to yourself.

    July 31, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Peter Litvack salt lake city utah

    albert wouldn't know the truth if it bit him in the rear. He should be impeached and should investigated and if he did commit perjury then he should go to jail

    July 31, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    If you don't think that Gonzales needs to be impeached, the jokes on you. Even your party left you out on that island by yourself.

    July 31, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Tom Z, FL

    A joke that's not even funny...

    July 31, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Yaritzie, Browns Mills ,NJ

    Did you watch the hearings, Allen? It seems that you have not. Instead of "name calling", you should watch a little more C-Span so you can address this issue with a little more intelligence.

    July 31, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Alex, Lakeworth, FL

    I vote to fire all 92 prosecuters. That will make this situation with Gonzales go away real quick.

    July 31, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    ahhhh I love the smell of accountability in the morning =)

    July 31, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Mike, Hampton, VA

    Radical! Politics! True to the American spirit of loving sports, we're glued to the TV and Internet so we can watch these liars duke it out in words of unimaginable folly!

    Give me a break Allen from Jackson, Mississippi. No matter who you vote for, Republican or Democrat, we are bound in the everlasting hologram of simulacran society, slaves to whatever the gargantuan corporations wish to push in our face, and these politicians are the puppets on just a few of their thousand hands. We are the living embodiment to the Alien vs. Predator tagline: no matter who wins, we all lose. If you saw freedom you wouldn't know what to do with it.

    July 31, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Quite frankly I think another Ken Starr and Impeachment Hearing would look real good on the Repubyacants.
    But I think they should start with Bush and Cheney and work their way down to Gonzales.

    July 31, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Lance, Los Angeles, CA.

    There's a reason they all should be impeached. They all have a blatant disregard for the rule of law and have all acted in criminal fashion. They should impeach the whole lot, and impeachment is being too kind. They should bring charges.

    The Hole Truth

    The man keeps digging but doesn't see, y'know that's just the thing that worries me.

    Gonzo won't go he's in the know. Monica Goodling, FBI Director even his pre-decessor, they say he lies, he stinks, attracts flies.

    But you know, Gonzo won't go, he's in the know. He'll steal the show, smirk and jab, maybe do some more blow.

    "Don't you see, if they get me, they'll leave nothing be! They'll poke and prod Cheney and Bush will nod, Karl Rove will plant no more sods."

    Yes, it is just that lame. Don't you dare say they're all the same, Gonzo isn't to blame. Maybe he's low man on the totem pole, firewall, wall flower at the ball, but don't worry, he's not that small.

    We see you Bush and it's time to fall.

    Stop, look, what's that sound?

    It's democracy run aground.

    Every body look what's going down, Alberto Gonzalez stole the town.

    King George won't take off his crown.

    It's not over it's just the start, soon ol' George won't need wiretaps to hear himself fart.

    Impeach the bums they deserve the heat, Gonzo is only the first tasty treat.

    Every body stop, look around, What's that sound?

    Look everybody, people are talking can it be, democracy has been found?

    July 31, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. CMS, California

    This is a non-story. The President has the authority to hire and fire federal DAs at will (pleasure of the President); just as my military commision says. The dims are trying to make a situation over something every President has done over and over.

    July 31, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. godiva, hickory, nc

    I am a member of the voting public who pays careful attention to what is happening in Washington, and I believe that impeachment is the necessary next step, not only for Gonzales, but for others higher up, as well. Only sheep blindly reacting to their own conservative party loyalty can believe that our once proud democratic system is not in jeopardy of ruin by what the Republicans have done in these past two administrations. Constitutional scholars seem to be saying that the president/vice president have led us into very dangerous territory. Why is the democratic leadership treading so lightly?

    August 1, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Michael Saint Louis

    The constitution is the joke as long as the republicans are in charge of the white house. Its about time the Dems start putting them in check. Come on, anyone with half a brain who is paying attention to ths knows "al" is up to no good. Get him out!

    August 1, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Lets not stop with Gonzo. In fact, let him alone and impeach the true criminals.

    August 1, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  18. Mike, Coarsegold, Calif

    I think the Democrats in Congress are grossly overpaid.

    August 1, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. Harvey, Memphis TN

    Allen, it is not the Dems. It is the Repubs who are running the country into the ground. This entire administration is a complete joke.

    August 1, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. P. Esh Mckinleyville, Ca

    It's about time they started using the impeachment process. As Americans we have to see if these people are breaking the laws of our constitution. They are and they should not be in office. The whole executive branch should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. They have all broken the laws of the constitution: From going to war without declaring it to firing attorneys for political reasons. If we don't start a impeachment process we are only setting a precedent for future administrations.

    August 1, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  21. Boss Hogg, Richmond, VA

    Are there any adults in the DNC anymore? They run as conservatives during the elections but always show their true colors (i.e. the white flag). They truly are this country's weakest link!

    August 1, 2007 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  22. Joe, Albany, NY

    Allen, you're a fool if you truly think the Republicans give a damn about you – and you don't make a six-figure salary. Gonzalez is incompetent and an embarrassment.

    August 1, 2007 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  23. Rev. Chuck Currie, Portland, Oregon

    Many religious leaders across the United States questioned the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to serve as the Attorney General of the United States – I was one of them. Gonzales already had a reputation at that point for being dishonest but worse than that he was also the one who gave the White House the (faulty and immoral) legal justification for torturing so-called enemy combatants.

    His tenure at the Justice Department has resulted in one scandal after another and even Republicans in the U.S. Senate are calling on him to resign or for the president to fire him. Each time he testifies before Congress he tells one lie after another to either protect himself or his masters in the West Wing.

    Impeachment may be necessary to restore law and order to the nation. Mr. Gonzales needs to be removed.

    Rev. Chuck Currie

    August 1, 2007 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  24. Pete, T.S. FL


    Impeachment is the wrong thing to do. Rounding them up and sending them all to prison, preferably not on U.S. soil would be appropriate for the treasonous

    August 1, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Dimwit? Dimwit you say?

    When George is the poster boy for the inarticulate, uneducated, redneck Forrest Gumps still crippling this nation?

    No, we are desperately trying to save a nation that will still allow you to have an opinion, one without a state religion, one without all the trappings of the Orwellian nightmare.

    Orwell? He was an author. You know, a book.


    August 1, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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