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. Richard M Nixon, Palm Springs CA

    this has to make you wonder what else the Bush admin has done behind the backs of taxpayers that have trust in our government...

    August 27, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. IF, Colorado

    Not that I will miss Gonzales, but I can't help but feel he got caught in the crosshairs of Bush's dictatorial power grab. With all these high level resignations, I hope this shows that the Bush administration is a collapsing house of cards, and justice, liberties, and the voice of the people will be restored. Wishful thinking.

    Bush will continue to abuse executive privilege to hide his culpability while the Republicans posturing for 2008 will point at the vicious Democrats who have caused Bush's carte blanc powers to stumble. Ignoring that Democrats cannot pass anything but Bush's will, watered down legislation, or suffer a veto, we will be inundated with rhetoric that congress has been a failure and how Democrats changed their commitment to war as it became apparent that the war was based on layers of lies.

    August 27, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Toker Thompson, Boulder Co

    This is long overdue, however CNN doesn't quite understand unbiased news, so they front with what bush said on the front of their page and not what anybody else says...

    CNN= Conservative News Network (second only too fox)

    August 27, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Steve, Portland, OR

    Unfortunately the line of Bush cronies lined up to take a hit for him continues. Unfortunate as it is the real culprits in the executive branch will not be prosecuted. The Dems are busy licking their lips in anticipation of the new expanded powers the Presidency has and are not about to jepardize this when they will be getting this office soon enough. Too bad no one really cares about the constitution or the delicate balance of power the fore fathers had the sense to include to keep evil from wrapping it's tenacles around our rights. This top cop deserved what he got. A guy who is supposed to uphold the justice in this country and he himself unwilling to be sworn in by past congressional investigations smacks of hypocrisy. Good riddance.

    August 27, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. T. Leroy Lynn

    All the hate from Democrats got to him . They are berating everyone who does not agree with them. They will say anything about anyone to get into the White House. They are hate mongers.

    August 27, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Now if only Cheney would resign then Bush could nominate a rspected Republican to VP and then resign himself thus flushing the final toilet.

    William Bergmann
    Hollywood, CA

    August 27, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. anni momus, New York, NY

    about time, but i wish bush could follow him out. i feel like they're just cleaning out any controversy so the gop has a chance at next years election.

    August 27, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. sm, houston, texas

    It is so sad to see the republicans silent or sad on this issue. They have been sleeping on the job for the past 6 years and only care about their own selfish interests. I wish a few would develop a backbone to uphold the vows they take. They will all however have to answer the maker who does look at intentions and not at propaganda. In the end we all get just rewards.

    August 27, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. R. Richins, Las Cruces, NM

    I think ex-US attorney Iglesias said it all when he reported that Gonzales told his Attorneys General that they work for the President. Alberto was never about the people or our constitution; he was about defending the policies and friends of the bush administration – to whatever end. Glad to see his end.

    August 27, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. HP

    Resigned??? Long overdue and too much wasted $$$. Bush and Cheney should the two that should have been fired! Gonzales was just a puppet!

    August 27, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Phil Russell, Dayton, Ohio

    At George W. Bush's request, Alberto Gonzales in essence tore up the Bill of Rights and proceeded to trash American's rights to privacy. Gonzales looked at the US Justice Department and did everything he could to politicize it to the far right – and he knowingly allowed Karl Rove's aides to hold meetings in Justice and other parts of the Federal Government to enlist help in doing this. We are well rid of him, he was clearly taking the US closer and closer to fascism.

    August 27, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Susan, Portland OR

    Mr. Gonzales' and the president did not concern themselves about dragging the "good names" of the attorneys they fired through the mud for political purposes. Those attorney's were clearly targeted by this administration because they would not play politics during the last election period by investigating democratic congress people who were up for reelection in the hope of placing a shadow over their "good names". It is sad that we have a president who hands out medals of freedom to incompetent people and stands up for other's who do not recognize congressional authority, though they are supposed to be THE expert on the law. I'm counting down to 2008!

    August 27, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Sandra Kessler, Lexington, North Carolina

    Resignation overdue. Lack of credibility, honesty. Part of the "blind loyal team".

    August 27, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. bobby stickers

    It's a start.

    August 27, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Jeff Hughes, Phoenix AZ

    It's about time.
    I am not sure what is worse: the fact that these clowns are still in power or the fact that they really believe they are serving their country honorably.

    The damage done to this country by Bush and his cabal is beyond belief and sadly, some is ireperable.

    August 27, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Asphyximorphis

    To all you Clinton-Did-It-Too's here:

    You would do well to remember that everything changed after 9/11, right?

    Gonzalez stepped down because he perjured himself repeatedly and as a result, compromised the integrity of his position as AG. There is no need for inferred understanding beyond that simply because perjury alone is enough for him to resign, never mind the criminal consequences of lying to Congress.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish, I hope Leahy/Conyers are able to further their investigations as a result of this.

    August 27, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Will. Margate Florida

    More of the same stuff on approach to hitting the fan. I'll keep it civilized, the administration is getting its legs knocked out from under them. The comments by those who say the democrats are "doing nothing" are way over exaggerated, it takes time to knock the legs out from under a giant monster like the Bush Administration.

    August 27, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    a good decision

    August 27, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Kathy, Portland OR

    After reading just a few posts it's clear to see that the vast majority posting on this board have "NO CLUE" what they are talking about. I'm contacting my investment broker and tell him that I need to invest more in pharmaceutical companies. Tell me… please what law was broken by Gonzales? Really, I’ll just sit back and wait while you attack, name-call and hypothesize about conspiracy theories. I’m just waiting for the next loony-tune to say he was behind 9/11. Please keep the idiocy pouring in, it only solidifies the point that those on the left use no logic when thinking, speaking or typing.

    Many of these people are the ones who applauded Janet Reno as she sent in armed men with Machine guns to get Elián González and at Ruby Ridge. Let’s not forget WACO too? I’m sure many of your on the left-wing are happy those that believe in a higher-power were torched to death to that they deserved it. Yes… Janet Reno was your hero!

    Didn’t Bill Clinton’s brand new Attorney General Janet Reno demand resignations from all 93 U.S. attorneys on March 24, 1993? Clinton’s fired 93. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    I’ll sit back and watch the meltdown in 3…2…1…

    August 27, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. TSOL, Detroit MI

    So many people call for impeachment and firings. I call for indictment and imprisonment!

    I so can't wait for the day this administration is brought to The Hague for War Crimes.

    August 27, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Mark Smith, Norwalk, CT

    In a democracy based on separation of powers and separation of church and state, it is deprtessing to learn how thoroughly and systematically this administration has violated both.

    August 27, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Jason, El Paso, Texas

    I think he did the right thing. However, the democrats are saying to Bush to choose a candidate that will put the rule of law ahead of politics, Ha. They should listen to their own advice and start putting people first. I say, based on their own record, since they came into office, that they are putting partisen politics first and people last. Hypocrites.

    August 27, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Phil Lapin, Portland, OR

    For me, the resignation of Attorney General Gonzales is just another notch on the gunbelt of disasters the Bush administration is mired in. At age 62, I have never in my adult life been so disillusioned and frightened by the actions of our government as I am now. I hope and pray that we can find and elect an inspiring and ethical president on this next go-around.

    August 27, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Bob Mullica Hill, NJ

    Gonzo leaving is only the first step in cleaning up our Justice Department. The next AG needs to replace the Bush/Rove/Cheatney appointments with competent people.

    August 27, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Boss Hog, GA

    To Jon from Kansus:

    I here you, man. Al just wasn't geting it done re: torture, illigal wiretapipng, etc. What a pansy! I mean, he could've at least set up some concentration camps on his way out. Civil rights vialations? Please! Librals are trators, they don't deserve no civil rights. Well it's time to go. NASCAR's on, and I have a date with my sister so I have to get all cleaned up. Take care. Long live W!

    August 27, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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