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. Christine Kelem, Howey in the Hills, FL

    I read over everyone else's comments, and I am pleased to see no one believes this man. But I must add that we all mirror each other, so if we have liars in government, then we're lying to ourselves and not just about who we vote for, and why. The trouble we see everywhere in the world is our own reflection. The work that needs doing is in the Within. Until we stop drawing lines about acceptable lying and unacceptable lying, we'll never agree. Truth shall set us free, so let's get to work and stop lying (to ourselves in our own lives).

    August 27, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. P. Joolius, New York, NY

    maybe Bush will read these comments. its about 99 to 1 against Gonzalez. How can anyone be so ignorant to the will of the people? I encourage everyone to stay involved and lobby for change, justice and accountability in our government.

    August 27, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Byron Nelson, Morgantown, WV

    As a perjurer, Gonzales should be interrogated and then indicted. His role in early Bush cover-ups–as in hiding Bush's youthful DUIs–should be exposed.

    August 27, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Pete, Navarre Florida

    As you sow, so shall you reap. President Bush has done nothing but worsen the divide between the factions in this country. If he is upset about Gonzales being drummed out, he has no one but himself to blame. And for all the carrying on about how important this job is or the homeland security job is... I note there seems to be no concern about swapping Chertoff over to AG. What was he doing at Homeland Security that was so easily left? Probably nothing is the answer. Why do we even need these figureheads to begin with? Disgraceful all around. Stop the music and switch chairs everyone.

    August 27, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Shaun Daily, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Good riddance to him !!! We as a people of the United States must urge action to reign in this President as it does set a precedence for future Presidents to act even further above the law..

    Its not about right vs left, its about checks and balances and not having a runaway Executive Branch that is holier than thou and drunk with power..

    August 27, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Looks like Bush's administration is slowing crumbling down.....kind of like his other failed business ventures in the past. The resignation of Gonzales was long overdue...But really, we need to blame the American people....WE ELECTED BUSH FOR A 2ND TERM!!! The red flags were there before, it is just now being brought to light now that the "fear factor" of terrorist attacks on the US is not as great. Jimmy Carter had it right when he said the Bush administration was worse than the Nixon administration!

    August 27, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. William Haslam Seattle Washington

    What about the thousands who have been "retired" from public service despite the Hatch Act–thousands who are suffering because of rough unethical decision making by this administation in general...

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. C. Chang Cerritos, CA

    It was hilarious when he talked about the need to preserve our civil liberties in his exit speech.

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. luis sanchez

    irrelevant, overdue, who cares any more? zzzzzzzzzzz

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. H. Wiley, Voorhees, NJ

    Perhaps the next AG will concern himself more with actual pressing legal matters of our country rather than hunting and prosecuting pornographers shooting footage of your adult bathroom exploits. Since when did the AG become the morality police???

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Rusty Shackleford, Arlen, Texas

    Oh, who cares? Don't you know that MICHAEL VICK is the MOST IMPORTANT story out there? I mean, there it is, featured on CNN's front page! After all, the Gonzales resignation is SO A COUPLE HOURS AGO!!!

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Dan Jacobsen, Clearwater, Fl.

    The resigning Attorney General has done irreparable damage to the standing and credibility of the United States as an international leader in human rights and privacy issues. Shame!!

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Sharon,

    Only negative comments regarding Gonzales, The Bush Administration. A little left wing media? No alot. The Democrats were elected on the premise that they would make sweeping changes. Thus far, they have only continued their witch hunts and passed proposals for naming fire stations. Let's not forget the Democrats rating is still less favorable than the President.

    August 27, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Rob Smith III, Richmond, VA

    I think that the resignation is acceptable, although comments defending the flip-flop nature of his testimony are rather arbitrary when considering the facts. I still find it remarkable that high school and college students are held up to standards of honor that preclude the ability to make vague answers designed to dodge questions when submitting testimony; such answers are considered dishonest. When will the individuals from whom we inherit the activities of government live up to these standards? Let's find a candidate for Attorney General who will not only publically accept the consequences of his actions and stand up for his position but will also prevent himself from usurping privacy and secrecy privileges in order to espouse the partisan tactics requested by his seniors.

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Don Barton Portland ,OR

    I find it repulsive that President Bush would say that Mr.Gonzales "...Good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons." The President & Karl Rove tried to make the Justice Department part of the White House for political reasons. The arrogants & hypocrisy of this President would be hard to believe if we din't see it for ourselfs day after day.

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. ronnie m, Palm Desert CA

    not that gwb (or his designated reader) will see/care about these comments, but I agree with everyone here about the good riddance to Gonzales (finally!) for his disgraceful tenure as US Attny General. Only one "anon" comment here disagrees, but the rest of us are not ashamed to give our names. Unfortunately, even this will not stop the ignornance & arrogance of the bush admin, as they have demonstrated over & over again through the dreadful years of this incredibly inept, corrupt and incompetent admin. I'll look forward to saying good riddance as well to bush & his evil twin cheney soon.

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Frank NH

    The Dems with the cooperation of the media successfully demonised him and made him a lightning rod. He had to go.

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. L. Horwin, Phoenix, AZ

    It's terrible that he was forced out of office. The Dems benefit by flexing their muscles, but it's going to come back to bite them as reasonable minds realize that the firing of a few AGs was not as telling an act as Clinton's in firing all the AGs when he took office.

    August 27, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Ken, Seattle WA

    If the legislative branch would do its job, Gonzales would have been gone long ago. Let's see if they can muster up the courage and impeach Cheney and Bush.

    August 27, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Jake, League City, Tx

    Clinton must realize that the judges which were fired was appointed by the Bush Administration. If anyone should be fired from their positions, it should be Clinton, Reid, Shumer, Kennedy, Dodd, etc.. Come the 2008 election, the people need to realize that these people only have their interest at heart, not the country.

    August 27, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. ben, austin TX

    Complacent American (on this issue)

    Please someone explain to me what went wrong here with Alberto Gonzalez? He was appointed by the President and therefore shouldn't it be understood that "he works at the pleasure of the President" or is he suppose to be independent of him? Well clearly he was loyal and the wiring tapping....come on that would have happened under a DEM ADMIN as well Right? It was an "emotional reaction" to 9/11. (of course it will be abused though moving forward) But seriously...should we be outraged about this or that Dick first then Bush, have still not been threatened by serious/influential congressional members with IMPEACHMENT. Alberto was just the "figurative messanger" the henchmen are still making this Great Superpower look foolish and drunken on power. TAKE back our rights and pride

    August 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Gartrh, Memphis, TN

    So I add a comment that CNN doesn't agree with, so you block it?

    Just like the communists.

    And that is why Fox News is leaving you to die on the vine.

    August 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Linda, Austin, TX

    First Cheneybush disgraced the U.S. Supreme Court, then the State Dept, then Dept of Defense, then Dept of Justice-any more?? This whining sycophant criminal should be in jail with all the rest of them for the ware crimes they committed-oh, yea, I forgot, the United States refuses to participate in the International Criminal Court. They planned this well. However, they cannot ultimate escape the wrath of God.

    August 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. aspher denver, co

    Think about it. A lot of comments here say the country is "divisive", but what they really mean is if you agree with everything I say, then we're united; if you don't then we're divisive

    August 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Juan, Los Angeles, CA

    I'm a Hispanic republican who is glad Gonzales resigned. I feel Gonzales could have handled the Ramos-Compean situation better by not allowing Johnny Sutton to make an examples of them to further their own agendas. Corruption is out of control!!

    August 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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