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. Mike H. , Irving, Texas

    This whole administration has been a disgrace. Many have not forgotten the words of our now president, "I will restore honor and integrity...".

    August 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Richard, Jacksonville, Florida

    Clinton fired many more attorneys that this man was involved in. This is why Congress is at its lowest approval ratings ever. They have people with the taint of abscam hanging overtheirs heads for years, frozen bribe money in the freezer and they go after this man with accusations and hearings. Ethical? Give me abreak!!

    August 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Abgry Registered Republican

    I'd care if I thought for one second that W wasn't going to replace him with another lapdog... but since there is no shot of that happening, who cares? They all need to be in jail starting from top to bottom.

    August 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Scott, Charlotte, NC

    Yet they still never admit to doing anything wrong. Just mistreated, so that is why they all have to leave.

    When will these adults act like adults and admit that they have made grave mistakes we will all pay for.

    For once, just have someone say "I screwed up and it is time I left" or even have their boss fire them. Bush's comments on Alberto leaving are a joke. The master (well, really puppet) of dragging good people through the mud is upset that one of his own had to deal with scrutiny. Thank goodness the Congress and Executive Branch are no longer of the same party because if they still were none of this would ever have taken place.

    August 27, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Chuck, Des Moines, Iowa

    Sorry to see him go. Goes to show the American people that congress is not working for them, but for themselves.

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. JHuddleston, Atlanta, Georgia

    Gonzalez needed to go. I could never determine if he was not very smart or a Bush flunky. Regardless, he did not serve the interests of the American people, but served the political agenda of Bush. His credibility as a leader, and an attorney, is completely gone.

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. John Public, Detroit Michigan

    Can someone explain to me what he did wrong?

    He fired some "at will" employees that needed to be fired.....

    I don't get it.

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. FastJack, Orlando, FL

    About time. Long past time. Figures that the most incompetent President would have the most incompetent Attorney General. Who benefits? Depends on who the next Atty Gen is – for now though, we all suffer because of the mess this Administration and their cohorts (Congress) have made of our Constitution and our global reputation.

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Wendy Eastford, Ct

    This was overdue. Next?

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Colleen Kansas City Mo

    Thank You God!! But wait, it could get worse, First Ashcroft then Gonzales. We went from frying pan to fire. Nah it couldn't get worse could it? Oh yes I forgot, this is George W we're talking about....anything can get worse and probably will.

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Ben Zion, Chicago IL

    I am looking forward to the outrage in 2009 when Hillary fires every US attorney and replaces them with loyal Clintonistas.

    I know better than to assume that this sound and fury is anything but partisan opportunism. But if 9 is bad, shouldn’t hundreds be worse?


    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. C.LyOns, New York, NY

    This is an excellent opportunity for the Senate to construt guidelines that will prevent the Justice Department from becoming a "Political Tool". We should be sure that we are selecting non-partisan officials to these post, and to ensure this maybe we should have the Deputy Attorney General be selected and appointed by the Congress to consult with, report and advise the Congress of the actions of the Justice Department not just the Executive office.

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Chris, Atlanta, GA

    Hmm... What do i think about Former Atty. General Gonzales' resignation?
    To quote one of the trailers for a long awaited game... H3ll... It's About da*n time.
    (–Starcraft 2 =) )

    About the partisan stuff... how, exactly, can you call it that when you've had people from both sides calling for him to get out? I mean, yeah, the democrats pushed the investigation forward, but that's their JOB as the majority party and our representatives: investigate allegations / rumors of abuse of power, corruption, etc.

    One good thing about Gonzales resigning now: With over a year left in office, Shrubby won't be able to just do a recess appointment and completely sidestep the confirmation process...

    August 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Christi Champagne Apple Valley California

    Bush didn't fire Gonzales because he doesn't care if the man broke the law. He was serving his master. He probably let Gonzales know in private that it was time to go. Then publically our glorious President can use the occasion to say that the Democrats pulled this poor innocent man through the mud.

    Gonzales started in the mud. Until this administration is gone, we're all in it with them.

    All we can hope is that time passes quickly.

    August 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. James Kaye,Nassawadox,Va.

    We are told Gonzales was dragged through the mud. I think he got down and wallowed in it all by himself.

    August 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Mathew Martin, Oregon City, Oregon

    nice start, but won't be satisfied until he and the other criminals in the moron's administration are made to do the "perp-walk" in front of tv cameras, including the ignoramus at the top.

    August 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Dave Borkoski, Las Cruces, NM

    He can now take off his blue suit and expose the brown shirt that he's been wearing underneath!

    August 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Bernie Edwards, Fernandina Beach, FL.

    I feel very sad the Democratic poliical party, (DNC) and those running for the presidentacy think that by bashing President Bush and trying to destory the Attorney General Gonzales they can get elected to the highest office in the country. Bush and Gonzales care more about the law and the American people than the three top runners for the Democratic Presidential ticket.

    August 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Steve, Tucson Arizona

    Gonzales and Rumsfield down, Rice, Cheney, and Bush still to go. Good God Fearing Americans will not rest until this sleazy administration are all gone.....or behind bars!

    August 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. kate mackay,vernon,british columbia,canada

    Sen.Orrin Hatch's name has been bandied about for the job. Or how about the former asst.AG under Ashcroft,Comry? He put the law first before politics when he was acting AG, and said a resounding 'NO' to the warrantless wiretapping scheme. Plus he pulled no punches when he testified on the Hill. Or how about Patrick Fitzgerald? His adherence to the letter of the law, no matter where the investigation leads, is a matter of public record. So many great choices but the Pres will 'award' someone for their loyalty instead of their ability.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. ronnie m, Palm Desert CA

    Not that gwb (or his designated reader) will see/care about these comments, but I agree w/everyone here (except the "Anon" commenter, sticking up for Gonzales). Too ashamed to give your name? The rest of us are not. Good riddance to Gonzales, a disastrously incompetent choice (typical of gwb admin) who brought more shame than "justice" to his tenure as US Attny General, and to our beleaguered country. I too am waiting for the ax (finally) to fall on the necks of bush & his evil twin, Cheney.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Robert Chesterfield, Va.

    Gonzales gets to smugly walk away from this, while we as Americans are left to deal with his and the whole Bush Administration's incompetent decisions that have crippled our county.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Angel, Miami. Florida

    Mr. Gonzalez since the beginning did not fit the Liberal Agenda or role for a Hispanic man, had he followed the script he will be working in his office today. Does his resiganation changes anything, no because Everything he did was done by the Law, otherwise congress with their do-nothing critizise everything policy would be salivating, instead you had very measured and toughtful responses from everybody. The world is a nasty place our Liberties encite envy and fear everywhere. Grow-up defend your country and Ideas or move-on and let us do it.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Marty, Savanah, Georgia

    The signing of executive orders authored by Rove and blessed by Gonzales giving Bush unbridled authority to assume absolute power in the event of a national emergency (terror attack) while our borders remain wide open allowing the terrorists we are fighting overseas to flood across our wide open borders and into this country as stated by all 16 intelligence agencies is all a part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreement. It is beyond time that Gonzales resigned. His prosecution of numerous border patrol agents simply for doing their jobs is more evidence this administration has no intention of securing our borders from drugs, terrorists, MS-13 gangs and other criminal elements. This administration sees the sacrifice of innocent Americans as acceptable losses on the road to the North American Union. How can this administration on one hand tell Americans we must be vigilant and fight Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Jihad and the other alphabet soup of terrorist organizations "over there" if we don't want to fight them "over here" while simultaneously leaving our borders open resulting in the murder, rape and molestation of thousands of innocent Americans and the theft of millions of American's identities through fraudulent documents by illegal aliens? The stench of corruption leads all the way to the Oval Office.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Phil Merritt Bloomington IL

    He was almost as bad as Janet Reno.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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