August 27th, 2007
03:53 PM ET
15 years ago

Your thoughts on Gonzales resignation

What do you think about Gonzales' resignation?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What's your reaction to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation? Did it come at the right time? Which party stands to benefit more from his departure?

Add a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. willy D.(dee)

    CNN's attempt to over exposed their enemies with comments and dual stories on their main page.

    CNN needs to treat their enemies like the others, and put their favored people in politics on the spot. Case in point, whey is that when terrorist Yasar Arafat died, CNN was the only Media to Post a beautifull tribune to him on their Front Page? It's not right brothers.
    Willy D. (Dee)

    August 27, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Tish Pearlman, Ithaca, NY

    It is about time this dishonest, incompetent man stepped down. We expect honesty at the very least from our Attorney's General. The fact that this man was not only less than honest but also incompetent as hell, and an enabler of some very seriously questionable, if not outright unconstitutional, policies on behalf of the Bush administration truly leads me to believe he should also be investigated for wrong doing.
    I feel a sigh of relief that this jerk is gone, only wish the whole Bush era could be let out to pasture so that we could get back to the business of a real democracy.

    August 27, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. John Hernandez, Jacksonville, Fl

    I think the democrats just used him as a scapegoat. When Clinton was president over 90 attorneys were fired, including the one investigating Whitewater. There was investiagtion or congressional hearings. This is a horrible double-standard. I also believe that due to his ethinc background in liu of the immigration controversy, that this may have had a negative impact for Mr. Gonzalez. No wonder the current congress has the lowest approval ratings in history.

    August 27, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. ducdebrabant, NYC

    In a way, Bush has a point about the treatment of Gonzalez. Every bit of what Gonzalez has done - politicizing the Justice Department, firing U.S. Attorneys who investigate Republicans or won't investigate Democrats at election time, withholding documents from Congress and lying under oath - he did at Bush's behest. And yet we're not impeaching Bush. Why should the assassin go and the emperor stay?

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. John Hall, Elkhart Indiana

    As ususal with this administration, the hand is caught in the illegal cookie jar. Rove, Libby, Gonzales, Fema....George Bush's presidency has been the most unpatriotic in history.

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Kyle Lauterer, Saint Charles, IL

    Alberto Gonzales resignation does nothing to solve the real problems of the DOJ and the Bush administration. A new crony will be announced shortly.

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Betty, Roanoke, Virginia

    Another crook gone. Hallelujah. Too bad, though, that the damage to this country has gone on so long.

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Matty, Armonk, NY

    I am glad he resigned. America has such a bad reputation right now. We need an attorney general who can actually get things done. I don't think Mike Chertoff would be a good choice. Personally, I think a senator would be a good AG.

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Melissa, Portland, Oregon

    Though I am pleased to see Gonzales finally do the right thing and step down, I wish he and the rest of the Bush administration would be willing to admit their wrongs and the real reasons for his resignation rather than continuing to blame partisanship for the state of affairs in the Department of Justice. The position of Attorney General desperately needs redeeming and the reclamation of some honor and dignity; Americans are growing more and more cynical about their government and the way Gonzales is going about resigning only furthers this cynicism.

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Robert Dungan, Asheville, North Carolina

    As a practicing lawyer, I have been ashamed of Gonzales for an extended period of time. He has done more to destroy civil rights and liberties than any one person. Surely the legacy of Guantanamo will continue to infect our "democracy". Good Riddance.

    August 27, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. O. Echevarria, Bronx, NYC, NY

    It is rather unfortunate that this person of such a high position mismanaged and discredited the oath he sworn to uphold. As mentioned previously, this resignation was way over due in the sense that justice during the reign of this administration and the justice system was tainted.

    This is not an issue of party politics, but merely an issue of trust in our very government and those who we elect to govern it. Truly a sham and disgrace.

    August 27, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. hadrian perez

    it,s about time. I am hispanic but this guy needed to go.

    August 27, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Tang Family

    DEMOCRATS! Don't worry about us. Get a life and worry about your own faults. If you all were happy with your own personal selves you would not worry about Bush or anyone else. I love America and if you do not like it go try Vietnam or another real third world country and and appreciate what we have here please.

    August 27, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Britton, Greensboro NC

    It is unfortunate that Mr. Gonzales has been forced out under pressure from the Democrats. His position, and the position of future senior Presidential nominees, will now be threatened by selfish elected officials who are only looking for votes. The scrutiny that Gonzales has received is unwarranted and unfair.

    August 27, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Sanaka Thompson, Kona, Hawaii

    He is incompetent at best – do you really want someone with that bad of a memory in high office? But more likely just criminal – if his memory's not a big blank then he's just lying. So good riddance. On to the next wunderkind Bush appointee.

    August 27, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Cary Lowell, IN

    I don't have an allegience to Alberto Gonzales so I must say objectively that I think the reason that 82% of Americans do not approve of Congress is because Congress is wasting time and taxpayers' money on political in-fighting such as this. So here we have Congress and high-ranking Washington people spending their days mired in playing games instead of helping our country.

    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Michael, Denver Colorado

    I am politically nuetral and I usually vote split ticket and all I can say is, his resignation speaks for itself. Last week Karl Rove resigned after Senate oversite committees issued subpoenas on him. This week Roberto Gonzales resigns after he realizes that he and Jason Bourne have something in common...selective amnesia. Everyone the Congress tries to question winds up resigning, so what's next?...Congress should start to question Cheney!

    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Ron, Pittsburgh, PA

    Gonzales did what all good Bush scandal-prone appointees do; he never admitted fault and resigned attempting to make himself look like a victim.

    This is not surprising, of course. Your basic GOP politician operates out of the corporate CEO playbook and exists in a world where no one can tell them (even with mountains of proof to the contrary) that they did anything wrong...

    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. BTG, Baltimore, Maryland

    Unfortunately, Gonzalez did not have the proper skill set for the job of AG and he was not prepared for the pressures of this endeavor, which in part, led to this scandal. The AG position is inherently political and let's face it, most of his experience has been as a judge, where he could base his decisions based on principles of law and not pressures from the oval office. He should have stayed in the judicial branch.

    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. You have my IP Address

    All the high ups are getting out before the turmoil hits DC.

    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. riley, Omaha, NE

    it's about time this dude quit!! it will be interesting to see whatever becomes of him after he leaves the Attorney General's office. he should have really left a long time ago.

    August 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Tom, New York, New York

    Though the firings may not have been political in nature, the bickering that blew this case way out of proportion certainly was. It truly is sad to know that partisan politicals will continue to block anything of value from being accomplished.

    August 27, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. George Skirkanich, Denver, CO

    I thought no one could be worse than Ashcroft, but Gonzales managed to make me miss old John. Next nominee should be even better. Maybe Michael Vick. I hear he needs a job.

    August 27, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Curtis, Tucson AZ

    It is a good thing that Gonzales is gone, but moving Chertoff to AG and replacing him at DHS with a long time Bush crony will not solve any of the ongoing controversies. Chertoff has his own baggage, and is probably neck-deep in some of the illegal surveillance programs.

    We've already had the experience of having an unqualified person heading a major department of DHS, (Brownie @ FEMA). Putting a longtime bush crony at the top post in the Department of Homeland Security should throw up red flags left and right.

    I suspect that moving someone so close to GW into such a critical position may be part of a move to an October surprise. Could we see a return of Orange Alerts?

    August 27, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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