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. Roy Hughes, Austin, Texas

    He should have resigned the moment any controversy broke out concerning his place in the administration and their current crop of illegal policies and activities. His stubbornness and refusal to leave in the face of overwhelming disapproval simply punctuates the vitriol this administration embodies for the American people who put them in office in the first place. Now if only the rest of the administration would quit... especially the so-called President and Vice President!

    August 27, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. gmoore, Portland, OR

    good ridance! Another one of the bushies gets trimmed! How do we get to the leader?

    August 27, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. pjs, Philly, PA

    Another bad guy leaves the White House and returns to Texas . . . 2 down, 2 to go.

    August 27, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Adrian

    Gonzalez gave away his responsibilities to other "deciders" to use his office as a personal & political tool.
    He was incompetent and could not understand (or actively chose to ignore then cover-up) his responsibilities to the US Constitution and ALL American People..
    He shamed the heritage he refers to, his family.. including his father, and this country.
    I am personally glad to see this CORRUPT official, gone.

    August 27, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. David Mc Manis, Colorado Springs Colorado

    Great! Can't wait for his memoir where he'll miraculously remember everything that happened! I am just incensed at the blatant injustice of our justice system, and whereby criminality of this magnitude is simply allowed to happen without regard or consequence.

    Little surprises me from this inept ship of fools administration. I knew it when General Shinseki was forced to leave because he pointed out the intuitively obvious with regards to the plan to invade Iraq. Anyone else who tells the Emperor he has no clothes will surely get the same as those fired Attorneys and Generals, just not..... The Attorney General.

    August 27, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Kai, Astoria, NY

    He should be arrested and sent to Guantanamo with the rest of the traitors running our country into the dirt!

    August 27, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Joe Blaze, Brielle NJ

    Not soon enough!
    Now its time to impeach cheney and then bush.

    August 27, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Chris, Tucson, AZ

    The rats are deserting the sinking ship. Hopefully, justice will be done and this man will end up on the other end of the justice system.

    August 27, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. James, Sacramento, Ca.

    About time, to bad it's not a package deal that include Bush & Cheney. This adminastration makes Nixon and his boys look like saints. So much corruption, disceet, and lies...And the sad part is babies are still dying for what?

    August 27, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Yishio Takemoto. Midvale, Utah

    About Time! Good Riddance!!

    August 27, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. G. Rader, Cincinnati, Ohio

    He's another corrupt Bush official.
    It's good he's finally gone, but Bush will replace him with yet another corrupt crony.
    Change will only come if whole systems are changed, not just individuals or parties.

    August 27, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. James H. Barton, Cambridge, MA

    Gonzales doctored clemency pleas in Texas to weaken them when he presented summaries of them to Governor Bush. (Atlantic Monthly) He knew Bush wanted to run as tough on crime. Bush executed more than 100 people. Would he have granted clemency to any of them if Gonzales hadn't doctored their pleas? He made it easier for Bush to execute them. hE used his high position to pervert justice for partisan political gain. How low can you get? Gonzales went on to show how. A foul person.

    August 27, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. jeff israel

    Alberto Gonzales said in his resignation speech, that he entered public service 13 years ago to help people. I wonder , where along the way that he went wrong?It isnt just the U.S. Attorney firings that ruined him.How about his support of torture, extraordinary rendition,illegal wiretapping which skirted the FISA laws? He even called parts of the Geneva Conventions ,"Quaint" and "obselete".He also once said that the Constitution never expressly granted Habeaus Corpus.Resignation is too kind a fate.

    August 27, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Paul Lacques, Los Angeles, CA

    Does this further pry open the door to impeachment? Fearful Democrats have used avoiding divisiveness as a handy excuse for not impeaching Bush/Cheney, but should we not create a divide between the law and lawlessness? This administration is unprecedented in flaunting the law. To not impeach is to imply precedence for an imperial Presidencey.

    August 27, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. John,NY

    Bush will probably put another of his pet dog to replace Gonzales

    August 27, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. DJ, Los Angeles

    His testimony was so damaging and dishonest, he really had no choice to resign.

    Obviously he let his biased relationship with President Bush get in the way of doing his job.

    If all you Bush apologists actually watched the testimony on CSPN and knew the facts, maybe you would know why most people have such a lack of respect for him.

    August 27, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Pete, Olathe, Kansas

    Interestingly, many of the comments here talk about Bush and Gonzales acting against the Constitution, when in reality, Congress has absolutely zero business nor power to make a political appointee testify in front of them nor do they have the power to get rid of him. However, after the extended witch hunt and dragging his name through the mud, I can't fault him for resigning. The day an employer can't fire people he doesn't think are right for a job is the day capitalism is in big trouble.

    August 27, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. John B Public, Seattle, WA

    Can someone explain to me what he did wrong?

    He fired some "at will" employees that needed to be fired…..

    I don't get it.

    Posted By John B Public, Detroit Michigan : August 27, 2007 1:38 pm

    Let me explain...first put down your assault rifle and bible and get out of the sun, the back of your neck is getting a little burnt

    August 27, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. frapaise rancho santa fe CA

    looks like a deal with republican lawmakers: get rid of Gonzales and we'll (kinda) keep supporting Irak war

    August 27, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Mario - San Ramon CA

    It's a shame that his years of hard work and dedication are tarnished by letting himself be an instrument of politics. One can admire his loyalty but he let that get in the way of doing his job and keeping the oath he swore to hold. So Mr. Gonzales will be remembered for being loyal to a President whose administration was successful at deception and abuse of power.

    August 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. v. miller, charlotte, n.c.

    The criminals in this adminstration resemble rats jumping from a sinking if only Bush and Chaney would follow their lead.

    August 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Jack Straw

    Alberto Gonzales should be ashamed of himself. He's a man of low character and no integrity. He subverted the constitution. He lied to congress. He cowardly blamed his subordinates for his own shortcomings. He was a vigorous advocate of torture, indefinite detention, and illegal surveillance. He stands for many, many things this country is supposed to be against, not the least of which is unchecked, concentrated power of the executive. He's a disgrace to himself and his country. He should be in jail, not running the justice department. And Bush acts like it's some sort of crime that his name has been 'dragged through the mud.' My God.

    August 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Now that the Witch Hunt is over will the Democrats get down to business the of the People, or are we endure more months of a do nothing Congress?

    What a shame!

    August 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. Mike Klint, Torrance, Ca

    Not much difference between him and Janet Reno, they're all political puppets !

    August 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. coco, Nashville TN

    Finally, if only Bush & Cheney would do the same!!!

    August 27, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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