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?

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  1. Lorraine Myrtle Beach, SC

    Good Riddance! The next step is to get rid of Bush, Cheney, Rice and all the rest of the Bush "circle" as Rice so fondly called it. Our country remains in dire jeopardy as long as they hold office.

    August 27, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Tim, Boston Mass.

    To those who must compare the crimes of Gonzalez/Rove/Cheney/Bush to actions taken during the Clinton administration: How many wars did the United States launch on false premises between 1993 and 2001? How many people were tortured while in U.S. custody? etc.

    August 27, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Matthew, Indianapolis Indiana

    about time, now all we need to do is get the rest of the government officials to resign and start fresh. this government is just as corrupt as all the other countries that it criticizes.

    August 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Don Harsh Okeechobee, Florida

    I love the spin these guys put on every
    thing. There are the best.

    August 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Robert Georgia

    Finally the puppet is cut free! Thank God.

    August 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. R.M., Manhattan

    American politics are slowly destroying America. Alberto Gonzales contributed to that goal by filling the Justice Department with "Bushies" rather than hard-working agents and attorneys committed to pursuing justice and catching the real bad guys. His resignation won't undo the damage he's caused, but it is a step in the right direction. But I doubt that his successor will be any different, because as long as George Bush is in charge, he will be sure that the next Attorney General is another well-trained puppet that will do his bidding to make the Justice Department a working cog in his political machine.

    August 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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    August 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Shirley Pritchard, Lebanon, Ohio

    Gonzales's resignation is just about three years too late!!! In collaboration with Bush, he has done immense harm to the reputation and security of our country.

    August 27, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. 218

    always remember ANY BODY CAN BE REPLACED

    August 27, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Mark, Fresno, CA

    What does it matter now? The damage is done. The neo-cons and the Bush Administration have made a mockery of the American Constitution. Their agenda is complete. I believe they know that 2008 is a loss. Unfortunately the newly elected president will inherit the mess and in 2012 we will get another dose neo-con government because fickle Americans will have forgotten who is to blame.

    August 27, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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    August 27, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. David, Gilbert Arizona

    It doesn't make any difference to me that Gonzales is a successful hispanic. His race has absolutely nothing to do with his ability to do his job.

    Taking into consideration all of the divisive answers Gonzales gave to Congress, the shadowing dealings with the warrantless wiretaps, and the political implications behind the firings Gonzales had to go. Whether or not Gonzales broke the law (which I believe he did not) there was still an overwhelming lack of confidence in his ability to act in good faith on behalf of all citizens. Gonzales, warranted or not, had an element of cronyism about him. He was a Bush "good ol' boy" from way back.

    The simple fact that people had to ask whether Gonzales was acting on behalf of the United States or was doing the bidding of the President meant that sooner or later Gonzales would have to step down. People could not trust his actions any longer.

    He is a good man that got caught up in a terrible administration.

    August 27, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Kris Jackson, North Grafton, MA

    This rotten individual, contemptuous of human rights, liberty, and downright decency, was a bad choice even for Bush.

    August 27, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Chadwick Allison Littleton Colorado

    Gonzales is as terrile of a leader as big bird. OH WAIT...I meant George W. Bush JR.

    Gonzales, a child of illegal immigrants, has done as much as he could do (with the direction of this adminstration, and more specificaly Rove including the counsel on foreign relations)to destroy the fiber of our Judical System as he could.

    Just because Rove and Gonzales leave it does not give them the right to leave the crimes that they have done to this nation and the world behind.

    It's written in the constitution that we (the citizens) have a responsibilty to go after anyone including, and more specifically people that are elected or are "Appointed" in ANY adminstration so we can only blame ourselves if the people that are working for the Bush adminstration are able to "resign" and not be charged and convicted for the crimes that were commited against our country under the discize of the "New World Order" they are hiding behind.

    Last time I checked if I owned a company that had a "head of security" and two planes flew into the buildings that I owned that person would be FIRED not given a raise to head of the state department.

    What a bunch of fools they are playing us for and no one is doing anything about it.

    Remeber "If you question the government you are not patriotic". Ever hear that come from this adminstration? It did and that was your Vice president who said that. Good old DICK cheyney.

    August 27, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. JApodaca Albuquerque, NM

    To Mr. Art Hill in JAckson, California,

    Gonzalez is an embarrassment to the hispanic community. If he didn't do anything wrong, why was he not able to testify truthfully during the hearings? He couldn't "recall" information, much as Reagan couldn't recall during the Iran Contra hearings.. At least REagan had the excuse of already having Alzheimers.

    Alberto helped destroy our credibility in the world redefining "torture" and dismantling the "Geneva Conventions." Thanks Bush and his cronies, our soldiers have been tortured and will be tortured since we set the model.

    You have been sitting on your comode too long and have hemmoroids in your brain.

    August 27, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Margaret, Stowe, VT

    Thank goodness for our country that this man is out! Degrading the Department of Justice for political purposes deserves a firing not a resignation. However, given the past actions of this President, the next step will undoubtedly be to award Gonzales the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Thank goodness the second term of 43 is nearing its end. Perhaps, just perhaps, the country can survive until it is over.

    August 27, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Meaghan Doraville Ga.

    This is welcome, but won't realy make up for all the harm that he has done. It just makes you wonder what this administration is hiding and hoping that one more resignation will divert attention from them.

    August 27, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Paul, CA

    The cork is finally out of the bottle. I'm hoping congress actually looks deeper into all of these lies and coverups now that they don't have Alberto "stoner memory" gonzales stonewalling them.

    August 27, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. D, Grenada

    It's about time. When you have no credibility how can anything be accomplished, same goes for Chertoff with Katrina.

    August 27, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Anon. L.A., CA

    Another "crazy" gone. We still have some left, and then there's the DoDo.

    August 27, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Patrick Rohde, Orange County California

    Just because he resigned does not mean he should not be indicted for obstruction of justice, fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. This weak Congress run by old fashioned Democrats need to pounce and they need to do it right now. Chertoff will not be any better, in fact, most likely he wil be much worse. If the congressional Democrats truly arent sell outs they will know an oppourtunity when they see it. Cheney should be the prime target for impeachment. I can't wait until the next election, the executive and legislative are useless and without any good ideas, its time to clean house.

    August 27, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Carole McElhaney

    Good riddance! We need someone who represents the people of the country and not the current regime – a regime that is bent on constitution destruction! The weasel needed to go a long time ago!

    August 27, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Danielle Love - San Diego, CA

    He should of been gone within a week of the firings. In my opinion it took too long. The Dixie Chicks had it right, I'm embarrassed too!!

    August 27, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Charles Chonburi, Thailand

    Having been in America for 64 years I keep hoping that everyone can forget about so-called politically correctness when it comes to appointments. Please, please appoint the most QUALIFIED. Makes no difference if it is a blacky, brownie or whitey. Look at the mess. The largest blunder was rummy.

    August 27, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Sondra Locke Las Vegas, NV

    Good Riddance! Caught in so many outright lies, he lost all credibility. A joke as someone to hold the office of Attorney General, Gonzales has been a definite liability. Chertoff is no better qualified, making it obvious the WH has no candidates to choose from who could renew confidence in the AG's office.

    August 27, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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