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. Earl Dotson Fort Mill SC

    This is one step in the right direction. This administration has done much harm to our country. It will take time and co-operation from congress to address the issues VITAL to get this country back on track . We need desperately to keep our constitution protected and address the problems we have at home. Law and real order has got to be restored by our future adminstration..Our country desperately depends on it.

    August 27, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Howard Coos Bay Oregon

    About time. Who's next?

    August 27, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Ben, Austin TX

    why should we be upset about Alberto and is it really the worst part of the last 60 days of the bush admin. The bigger outrage should be that the Bush ADMIN has not been impeached yet. PERIOD.

    August 27, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Wallace Southerland, PhD

    Right decision, wrong time, be we will accept it none the less. He should have come clean a long time ago or chose to leave with honor and integrity rather than the way he did: under a shroud of deceit, manipulation, and obfuscation.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Mindy Chatsworth, Ca.

    I have to believe that Gonzales's resignation has something to do with trying to protect him from perjury charges. It's no secret that the Democrats were going to launch an investigation into whether or not Gonzales committed perjuy in his testimony to the Senate. How convenient that he should graciously resign before this can happen. This administration never does anything unless it will reap the benefits. The Democrats will be gunning for them to try to unravel this putrid mess that Bush and his cronies are trying so desperately to cover up.

    It's an outrage and a disgrace that this man was allowed to remain as head of the justice department. He made himself look like a total idiot in front of the whole world when he repeated that now infamous phrase, "I don't recall", over and over again. He was willing to sacrifice himself for loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it. I hope that the Democrats continue to probe and poke and dig out all of the dirt that the Republicans are trying to hide. They all belong in jail, the whole rotten lot of them, including our president and vice-president.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Harmon, Lincoln NE

    When will Cheney step down? Can we have the primaries in November and the general election in March? On the other hand, maybe the democrats can show some gumption and impeach the current criminal administration.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Bill Montgomery

    There was no way that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could survive. No matter what he did he could not survive the constant barrage of the media, the left and the politicians in his own party seeking re election. He was used, abused and stepped on for political traction by his detractors. Being used for political target practice to hide the actions and incompetence of other politicians is a no win situation.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Clay, Herndon VA

    Go out and listen to all the party ultra-loyalists howling about how Gonzo is a good man, and the 'hyper-partisan' atmosphere caused this. Completely forgoing their own personal responsibility in allowing such a shameful mis-use of such a vaunted position to come about, and to continue as they thumped Gonzo on the back, and patted him on the head saying, "Good boy!"

    They don't have the common sense to be ashamed for supporting this individual, who was quite obviously way in over his head, and not beholdent to the American People, but to his master. Very much like almost everyone Bush has picked, appointed or hired. Not a one is competent, NOT A ONE.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Ken Miles, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Long Overdue! Alberto G. is a total disgrace and I can't believe Bush is considering another Turkey "CHERTOFF" as Gonazales' replacement. Chertoff is just another one of the Bush Administration's CLONES! Wake up America.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Lee Gross, Irvine, CA

    It's unfortunate that some Republicans, notably Pres. Bush and Sen. J. Croyn, can't bring themselves to admit that this guy was and is a hack, horrible attorney, totally incompetent, and did more damage to the Justice Department than anyone in the history of this nation. Good riddance AL.

    August 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. T. Towne, Santa Barbara, California

    Pride before the fall and denial to the end... Wash. Rinse. Repeat...

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Edward Collard, Los Angeles, CA

    This office should never have been politicized, and now the office will have an uphill climb to regain it's integrity.

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Karen San Diego, CA

    LONG past due. He has done too much damage. This country will suffer for decades to come from this administration.

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Greg, Houston

    Good riddance. He compromised his integrity for a political agenda. Sad case because he still doesn't get it.

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. John Flaxington, Albuquerque, NM 87111

    That this, as well as other public outrages permitted or propagated by this Administration has dragged on so long, in spite of the abundantly clear message from the public and other administration and congressional leaders that the President's obstinacy and ineptitude, is only the expected response from this ruinous Administration.

    It is a step not now taken seriously, but to restore a properly operating government under our Constitution, in my opinion, warrants holding new elections for every elected position and a vote of confidence or no confidence in political appointees. This can be done only at the insistence of the American people, since few in the federal government would favor such a step.

    This effort could be led by a Council of Elders, men and women of intelligence who have earned respect by their good judgement and interest in restoring our Constitutional government and the intelligence to interpret our laws with common sense and not with cold legal manipulations.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Nancy Sullivan Racine, Wisconsin

    Alberto Gonzales' fatal mistake was misplacing his loyalty from the law to George Bush. In his zeal to be a good "Bush soldier", he sold his moral compass to an administration that treats the law with impunity.
    Mr. Gonzales is a man with no honor.

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Ray, Phoenix, AZ

    How ironic that we get to sit back SAFELY in our chairs and speak in such absolutes as "worst administration in history." I find it interesting that noone has offered any legitimate points as to how exactly the constitution has been "trampled upon." Flaws? Yes. Worst administration in history? Give me a break. Isn't turnover in the cabinet a common occurance? Or am I the only one that remembers the Clinton exodus?

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Garth Webster, Memphis, TN

    The Dems spend more time attacking President Bush and America than they do focusing on what voters elected them to do.

    It is the party of the weak and the party that Al Qaeda and all other terrorist groups are pulling for in the 08 elections

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. trent porter, tx

    bush is completely blind. how can he continue to defend an attorney general who had no respect for the constitution and was a compulsive liar? gonzales ruined his own name by not being able to answer simple questions.

    good riddance, now who will take his place? God have mercy on us all.

    August 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Barb Miller, Cleveland, OH

    Mr. Gonzales is historically the worst Attorney General America has had in decades. He blighted the image of our country. It is now clear to all that America will sidestep intenational conventions (that earlier, more respectable US statesmen helped create)and that human rights are an inconvenience. He's far better gone.

    Wake up, everyone! Due process is not there for the bin Ladens, it is there for US, to protect people who dissent from government and who are falsely accused. If you don't think that could ever happen to you, you're dangerously naive.

    August 27, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Greg Brewer, Chicago, IL

    It was about time "Gonzo" the liar left office. He, like Bush is a disgrace to our great country!! They have both done their best to destroy the U.S. Constitution. The only thing that would have made me happier today would be to have President Bush and VP Cheney impeached for their illegal and immoral behavior!

    August 27, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Russ Stepke, Chicago, IL

    Obviously, anytime there is a wholesale firing of US Attorneys, the AG must have some extraordinary supporting reasons related to the performance of their duties. From what we have learned, all of the involved US Attorney's were competent. What struck me as extraordinary was the AG's denial that he knew anything about this. That would be like a Board of Directors, upon hearing of the firing of 7 vice-presidents, asking the president why the 7 were fired and the president saying he did not know anything about it. Well, the Board would conclude that the president was either not telling the truth or, had so little touch with what was going on in his company, in either case grounds for dismissal.

    While I appreciate President Bush's loyalty to his AG, it seems misplaced. The AG simply did not act in the best interests of the Justice Department it would appear in this matter. His resignation allows Justice to begin to re-focus on the business at hand.

    August 27, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. James Pfeiffer

    I am 60 years old and love my country. George Bush's fear mongering administration has taken our beloved constitutional principals, along with the rule of law, and changed this country from a once strong moral leader into a schoolyard bully. Gonzalez was just one of the gang.

    August 27, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Carl Spackler, Marquette Michigan

    After reading all the comments 38 I'm glad to read that so many of our American people are such experts on whats going on in Washington. The average citizen has no idea whos telling the truth and whos lying. Leave the judgements to God.

    August 27, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. O Suarez, Virginia Beach, VA

    Its a shame that it took the first Hispanic American Attorney General of the US this long to take responsibility for his actions. Maybe the next time we have the opportunity to serve our country, we will be honest to the people we serve and with oneself.

    August 27, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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