August 27th, 2007
10:54 AM ET
15 years ago

Gonzales says he told Bush Sunday

Watch Gonzales announce his resignation Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation Monday, telling reporters he informed President Bush on Sunday that he will leave his post "effective as of" Sept. 17.

In a very brief statement before reporters, Gonzales offered no explanation for his decision and did not take questions.

"I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people," Gonzales said.

As the grandson of Mexican immigrants, Gonzales also said he has "lived the American dream."

"Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days," he said.

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  1. Bud Roberts, San Diego, CA

    And the worse days for Americans were the Attorney General's best days. I couldn't be happier.

    August 27, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Coulton C., Westchester Cty NY

    Alberto Gonzeles as Attorney General, is the highest-ranking Hispanic in the federal government ever. The timing of his resignation comes awkwardly, but Attorney General Gonzales did not committ any crime. It is customary for a Presidential administration to replace all States Attorneys however usually they are done in one fell swoop, at the start of a term. Each President has the perogative to appoint these attorneys according to political bent.

    August 27, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Kuro, Long Beach CA

    Awww...Gonzy...did BushyWooshie tell you it was time for you to fall on your sword?

    Gonzalez gave his speech (all of two minutes) and then left without answering reporters' questions.

    Not really surprised at this behavior by the man who got Bush out of Jury Duty and out of trouble with his DUIs all those years ago before Shrubya became Da Prez.

    August 27, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. swede, san fran, ca

    I had heard he wanted to spend more time with his family, similar to Karl Rove's excuse, even though Rove has 1 son in college, guess he wants to be a frat daddy! Good Riddance to BOTH liars.

    August 27, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    His worst days were better than his father's best days???? Wow! So you're saying....your father was even worse than someone who lied under oath, was incompetent at his job, was easily influenced by a political party, and probably will go to jail? Way to put down your dad's life Alberto!

    August 27, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Billy B./Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    We all knew it was coming, after all, the President put his support behind him. In this administration, the President's support is the kiss of death. Watch out Condi....

    August 27, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Ruben,Texas

    "I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people," Gonzales said.

    Serve the American people?

    August 27, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. kinkyshiduchin

    What's the matter with Alberto Gonzales, doesn't he have some family he needs to spend more time with; not even a puppy or pet rock in urgent need of his attention?

    tsk tsk.

    August 27, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    He could have saved everyone much grief had he resigned months ago. This is simply another example of the severe corruption in the Bush Administration.

    August 27, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Jake, Wisconsin

    Does this mean the US will have to abide by the regulations of the Geneva Convention??? Good riddens!

    August 27, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. John Hayes, Vancouver - Canada

    It is not Alberto Gonzales who should go. He was taking orders from the President and like a good soldier never questioned his orders. It shoudl be Bush who should be impeached

    August 27, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Arthur Walsh, Bullhead City, AZ

    One of the most qualified AJ's ever appointed. Not a good speaker and way too nice to deal with a Congress with a attack dog mentality. The President needs to appoint Jeb Bush to fill the position just like President Kennedy did for his brother. The hearings would last to Jan 2009.

    August 27, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Dave - Downers Grove, IL.

    The democrats finally got something accomplished. They harassed a good man until he finally gave up and quit. I don't blame him because they don't deserve his talent. This democratic congress is the most disgusting I have seen. They should all quit and Gonzales should stay.

    August 27, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Djh

    If he had truly served the American people, he would not be leaving office with his tail between his legs.
    He served Bush and participated in acts unlawful and unbecoming to someone in that position. All the rats scurrying from a sinking ship!!

    August 27, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Arthur Walsh

    What I will remember about his time in office is that America did not have any more attacks on our home land. I regret that he did not tell Congress to just read the Constitution and guit trying to run the Government.

    August 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Robert Warner Westlake Village, CA

    Hasta la vista, baby. It's a sad day in American history when our most notorious liars are our president, our vice president and our attorney general.
    History will recall the legacy of this administration as the most blatent series of deceptions, half truths and out-and-out lies ever perpetrared on the American people and our former allies.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Randle Bate - Woodland Hills, California - 91367

    A supreme court justice once said: "perjury is the filth that pollutes the stream of justice at its very source." This pollution is extremly injurious when the source of this filth is the top law enforcement official in the land. When the qualification of this office bacame best friend instead of best qualified, the results are predictable. But in a administration where all important appointments have that same criterion, no one should be surprised.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Ernesto Aguilar, Newark, NJ

    Alberto Gonzalez is not of mexican descent.

    August 27, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Karen, Simi Valley, CA

    I question the comment about his worst day being better than his father's best days. It that's true, then A.G. still doesn't get that his behavior and actions as the Attorney General were reprehensible. His own father could perhaps have been proud of his behavior, working hard to raise his children. I'm betting that he had some very good days, indeed. A.G. has disgraced himself, but doesn't seem to notice.

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. R. F. Kessler

    Gonzo gone. Good. If only the President and VP would follow his fine example.

    August 27, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Pat white

    I think he did the right thing. Our country in in such a mess, I don't know what or who can ever straighten it out. Bush and his co harts have made such a mess I don't think it can be straightened out. If only he had taken Bush and Cheney with him.

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. hawk,texas

    to coulton c. yes it was bush's right to fire them, but not for political reasons, all alberto had to say yes we fired them, but no. he had to lie to congress about the reason. get your facts straight.

    August 27, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |