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. Ken, Chicago, IL

    Liars don't belong in such positions of power. It is clear he lied about the firings. He should have resigned months ago.

    August 27, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Andy, Olathe Kansas

    Too bad. I was really starting to get use to having my phone illegally tapped.....

    August 27, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Paul, Seattle


    I didn't think the love crowd could be filled with such hate. People, look deep at the venom you spew.

    Remember, what you saw about others that you don't know personally – can be directed at you in the same unfair way.

    Those who a generation ago complained about people who believe in evil have now taken it upon themselves to see it in their enemies!

    Who now are the "righteous" indignant people.
    Too bad, learn to love

    August 27, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. KBella - SF, CA

    I only hope Alberto Gonzalez had left earlier because the ability to erstore faith in the Justice Department, let alone retain anyin the current administration dwindled with each day he remained in place. It's hard to say just how political Gonzalez was, but equally as harmful to his politicization of Justice, was his apparent incompetence. In the long term it is that incompetence that eroded confidence of attorneys
    within Justice.

    August 27, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. TJ, LA, CA.

    AG Gonzales' departure, long overdue, is merely a symptom of this Administration's raping of the political system, which, frankly, could also use an overhaul, that he managed to warp and twist to the political bending steered by Rove and the 'sharp-shooting' Cheney. Bush never had the 'Machiavellian' intelligence to pull the malformed stunts off by himself. Good riddance. Now, if the rest of the anal retentive, GOP goose-stepping facists in Congress would also do us all a favor and just get out of the way and stop being the problem we may be able to steer our ship of state away from the edge and actually try and re-build some of our integrity with the rest of the world.

    August 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Julia Byrd, Hayden, Idaho 83835

    Why isn't Bush resigning. After all the buck stops on his desk. He was totally aware of Gonzalez's actions, why isn't he held accountable. What a disgrace to our nation. Perhaps impeachment is the answer.

    August 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Oza, Chicago, IL

    I wish Mr. Gonzales was humble enough and stepped down much earlier that we can avoid all those chaotic political hurdles, time and efforts which otherwise could be reallocated to solve some more urgent issues ... well, lessons to be learned.

    August 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. the plumber

    flush.....there is more to come

    August 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. margasahayam,hartford,ct,usa

    It is hightime that ownership be assigned and individuals in power take responsibility for actions – Credit when good and no responsibility when things fall apart is not the precedent to a responsible individual.
    By resigning Gonzales has admited to his and the administrations failure to fairness as well as integrity of the freedoms of America as esposed by our founding fathers

    August 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Nora, Mineola, NY

    Another rat jumps off the sinking ship.
    Let's cut to the heart of this and impeach the worst president in recent memory.

    August 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Dougie, Elmhurst, IL

    Maybe the lovely, competent and loyal Harriet Meirs can replace Gonzo.

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. enriqueta, phx arizona

    Its too bad our laundry has to be aired out to the entire world. At least some sense of democracy still stands. Even though he is just the henchman. Its too bad since he was the first Hispanic American in his position. As women, hispanic and conservative I wanted to believe in this man, but given all the evidence much of which the average american has no idea its a good thing. To much power has been given to band of merry men who concede nothing but more power to themselves.

    I am looking forward to a new cycle in 08.

    I am praying that somone stands out as a honest representation of American values, I hope our kids have a decent America.

    Faith, hope and least somone is being revealed with all the prayers we say for the office of the president.


    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Theodore Glasser, Jakcsonville, Florida

    Alberto Gonzales was a joke of an Attorney General. Torture, release of U.S. Attorneys, and lying to Congress. Although, this is what George W. Bush's administration represents. He is the real disgrace.

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Shantell, Jacksonville, FL

    Ding Dong, the dummy's gone,
    which one do you ask?
    A.G. Gonzales!
    Ding Dong, the Bush Dummy is gone!!!

    ...Now, on to Cheney & Bush!

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Susan Tanner, Utah

    This only confirms that there is more to all of this and corruption at the core and Leahy and Congress need to keep digging. At the core they will find organized crime which is headquartered in Maricopa County, Arizona, which has infiltrated our US judicial system and is destroying families. FBI has investigated many cases, and because top political officials are involved, US Attorney's are not prosecuting.

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Richard, Missouri

    These employees who were fired, were federal appointee. Sorry, if you are not doing your job, go collect your pink slip and work somewhere else. Attorney Gerenal Gonzales was the boss, being the boss, you have the power to hire and fire. Its a sad time in America, when we are guilty of doing our job.

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Marcus Randolph, Flint, Michigan

    It is good that he finally stepped down and it should have been done a long time ago. But then again that is how the White House is ran a dollar short and a day late.

    August 27, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. D. Smith, Dallas Texas

    It is fortunate that this individual, who is said to be a good example of the ability to rise far in America, is not typical of all the children of immigrants. It is hard to know which is more damning. George Bush's choice of a client who would (with apparent alacrity) align himself with a policy of torture and value loyalty over truth; or Alberto Gonzales' choice of a patron so devoid of a sense of history and gravitas. They hijacked our constitution and have made a game of exploiting their power. The great Roman orator and statesman Cicero faced people of their ilk (the Catilinary Conspiracy) and prosecuted them before the Roman Senate 2000 years ago. Cicero's opening statment reflects the anger and fatigue many Americans feel for leaders who are so out of touch and arrogant: "Quo usque Catalina, tandem abutere patientia nostra?" (How long, then Cataline, will you try our patience?)

    August 27, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Steve, Warrensburg, MO

    the rats are starting to flee the Titanic – Rumsfeld, Rove, Gonzales... this is a beleaguered presidency not likely to be able to control its agenda as it has in the past

    August 27, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Andy, Olathe Kansas

    Too bad. I was really getting use to having my phone illegally tapped....

    August 27, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Joe, Las Vegas, NV

    As a "minority," I wish the press and the public in general would stop making everything a race issue. This AG clearly was more devoted to being loyal to his boss than upholding the laws of this country or serving the citizens he swore to protect. This resignation is long overdue.

    August 27, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. N. Carbone, Danbury CT

    It's about time! Too bad so much damage has already been done...I hope they don't stop Congressional hearings and investigations, it's been a nasty tarnish on our country.

    August 27, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Bill Sears, Chula Vista, Ca

    Let's bring back Ashcroft!

    August 27, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. G. Rasputin, Lakeland, FL

    "Heckuva job, Gonzie!" Not. As we say down South: "Don't let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya." And what in the world would lead anyone to conclude that Michael Chertoff is qualified to be the next attorney general? Unless of course being a ventriloquist's dummy, a la "Knucklehead" to Bush's Paul Winchell, is the only experience necessary. This would all be funny if it weren't so outrageous.

    August 27, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Russ, Toledo, OH

    Maybe the members of Congress should worry less about less than 10 attorneys fired and worry more about fixing healthcare, social security, the national debt, and gaps in our national security. So basically they should actually try and do what they were elected to do.

    August 27, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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