August 27th, 2007
09:56 AM ET
15 years ago

Gonzales resigns: Obama reaction

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House hopeful Barack Obama is out with a statement Monday reacting to Alberto Gonzales' resignation:

"I have long believed that Alberto Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda, and so I am pleased that he has finally resigned today," he said. "The president needs to nominate an Attorney General who will be the people's lawyer, not the President's lawyer, and in an Obama Administration that person will first and foremost defend and promote the rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. spinstopper

    Once again Obama shows that he doesn't understand the way our government is setup in the Constituation.

    August 27, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. DR

    Now THAT'S what I call a real response !

    Thank you Barack Obama.

    Russ Feingold for AG 2009!

    August 27, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Yayo/Albuquerque N.M.

    Is the big cover-up on.Gonzales spends the weekend at the ranch,gets the story straight.Then Bush flys out to New Mexico to pass along the info face to face with Dominichi.Good job Pelosi you,ve got them cornered.

    August 27, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Anonymous, Virginia, USA

    Barack Obama/Ron Paul '08

    August 27, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Jerry, White Plains, NY

    I agree with Senator Obama. Until the Attorney General becomes a truly independent individual who is not subject to the President's desire to cover up everything that's said and done under the name of "presidential advice", this office will forever be viewed as political. The way to eliminate this triviality is to give the House and Senate Judiciary Committees power to appoint special prosecutors in matters involving the White House. This person would have just as much power and authority as the Attorney General. That special prosecutor and the sitting Attorney General would present their arguments before the Supreme Court. That's how you get the Attorney General, the White House, and those who have a tight lip because they are easily intimidated by the President to cooperate. And that's how you restore objectivity, dignity,and focus to the office.

    August 27, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Jim, Providence, RI

    Having been a Constitutional Law Professor, I think we can take Obama at his word on this one.

    August 27, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Bee, NH

    Amen to that Barack'08

    August 27, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Kuro, Long Beach

    While I'm not a fan of Obama, I do agree with his assessment of the outgoing Attorney General.

    Ashcroft left after illness and apparent disagreement with the Administration on the subject of domestic spying.

    Gonzalez is leaving (I am sure) because there is too much attention being paid to anything he does now, so it's harder for the Bush Administration to be as sneaky as they have been.

    They're hoping that Chertoff will be a good fit for the Dirty Tricks Committee. Let us all hope that Congress laughs this man to the door.

    August 27, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. tony, Mount Vernon, NY

    Look at the statements by Dodd, Richardson and Edwards. What do they have in common? They all talk about or imply what the role of the Attorney General should be. Now look at this statement by Obama: He's using the Gonzales resignation to promote his own presidential aspirations. I wonder if statements like this are what prompt people to call him the candidate of change?

    August 27, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Nik, Fort Montgomery New York

    The people's lawyer appointed by the people's president. A very good and solid notion.

    Obama '08

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Randy, Dallas, TX

    I'm reading through all the responses from politicians who are reacting to Gonzalez' resignation and they all seem to suggest Gonzalez and others are "protecting the president" vs. working for the people and upholding the constitution. If this is such common knowledge and a widely held belief, why aren't we impeaching "W"?! IMPEACH NOW and MAYBE (BIG MAYBE!) we can get this country back on the right track

    August 27, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. j, Sac, California

    Obama/Rice 08

    August 28, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |