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. Madan Ahluwalia

    He should have resigend long time ago. Where there is smoke, there is fire. Bush can not do anything right.

    August 28, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. myself

    And he did with out being tortured.

    August 28, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. H. Bynum, San Antonio, TX

    Finally Humpty Dumpty had the great fall and even "KING" Bush couldn't put him back together. I will be SOOOOOO glad when this President's term is over and we can be rid of all his cronies! GO DEMOCRATS!

    August 28, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Rick - LeRoy, NY

    Federal Prosecutors serve at the pleasure of the President. Clinton fired 92 of them – where was the firestorm then? Gonzales was a political piñata, end of story.

    August 28, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. G. M. Pally, Seguin, Texas

    George W. Bush surrounded himself with some "dead heads" like him. Gonzales is one of them and he should have been fired long time ago.

    August 28, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. spinstopper

    These comments from all should be made mandatory reading for the whole administration and Congress.

    Posted By Freedom Fighter, Indianola,

    Don't be foolish.. The comments on this board are moderated to represent CNN's opinion. That’s the only reason there are so few dissenting views. Unbias investigative reporting is not what you get here..

    August 28, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. The Riz

    Well here we go again, Just what did
    AG do that was wrong? Oh gosh a few
    liberal Dem's were released.
    AG a liar?
    You libs and politically uneducated
    think its good he's gone?
    Will you be just as critical if Hillary
    NOW There is a liar She was trained
    by the best her husband Bill.
    Get ready America we are all going to
    pay dearly if the neo-socialists oh
    I mean the Democrats win.

    August 28, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Grant J Price Perry, Utah

    There was a need to make a change.
    To me he sounded vague in some of his answers to the Congress questions.

    I think that there is a lot of cleaning up left to do in the government. Starting with the high court decisions and the Congress, Namely laws concerning Pornography, Abortions, Same sex marriages, filthy telesion. If the F.B.I does not have the men and the money for heavens sake
    let us get it for them and stop quibbling about giving the F.B.I. authority to listen in on any phone in the world during a war. Let us get off the pot.I for one am sick and tired of hand cuffs on our law in forcement

    August 28, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. thuan,westminster,CA

    Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job inthe first time. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked of truth," he said. "This resignation is not the end of the story.Bush administration it the mess,Bush send our troop to Iraq for what!"OIL"cost every people in United States Tax fair for other country and our troop death for who not for US into,what President Bush had been done for this Country(do not ask this country can do for you ask what you can do for this country)

    August 28, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Frank AAbye

    hopefully criminal charges are made so this law breaker recieves justice!

    August 28, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Lewis Odom, Mobile, AL

    "I think the people he fired served at the pleasure of the President and could be fired anytime without any reason given."
    A big misconception. No one can be fired by anyone, including the President, if the purpose is to obstruct an ongoing prosecution or investigation of criminal activity by the federal government. There is convincing evidence that the firing of some of these U.S. Attorneys were fired because they were prosecuiting Republicans or failing to prosecute Democrats. That behavior, if happened, is an obstruction in violation of the federal criminal statutes whether committed by the President or Attorney General of the U. S.

    August 28, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Kevin J. Connolly, Santa Fe, NM

    Now he should be brought before the World Court of Human Rights and tried for complicity in the crime against humanity for having written torture into thelaws of the United States. Disbarment is also something that this fascist tool should have to deal with,

    August 28, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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    August 28, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Vince, Sunnyvale, CA

    What a disappointing place this is that we have such diminished expectations of our politicians and their appointees. This was long overdue and many others are long overdue as well.

    August 28, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Riley, Omaha, NE

    it's about time this dude quit!!
    it will be interesting to find out who replaces him!

    August 28, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Steve Krauss, Palm Springs, CA

    Like every other pig in the Bush administration, it was time for him to be slaughtered. When will these people learn that the country is not their own private cookie jar! We ahve a president that cannot count to 10, a vice president whose concern for the american people is the same as Michael Vick's for dogs, and we have people like Brownback and Mitt waiting in the wings. ENOUGH!

    August 28, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. TC Plainfield, IL

    Pres. Bush says that it's sad that Gonzales' name was dragged through the mud. What about the US Attorneys who fired? How about covert cia operative Valerie Plame? Isn't it sad that a Vietnam veteran like Max Cleland was labeled unpatriotic? How did John Kerry feel about having to defend his combat record? Do you think that John McCain was affected by comments about his time as a POW in Vietnam? Mr. President, it's not sad, it's ironic.

    August 28, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. JGP, Bisbee, AZ

    All I can say is good riddance!!! The idea that Michael Chertoff (sic) may replace him is astounding me as Mr. Chertoff should have been terminated and/or resigned after his incompetent bungling of the Katrina disaster.

    August 28, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Here's some important information for all the Bush supporters who constantly criticized Bill Clinton's morals, but now use him as their excuse for Bush because "Clinton did it, too".
    A Los Angeles Times story on March 22, 2007 quotes D. Kyle Sampson, then chief of staff to Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales. "Clinton fired all Bush [U.S. attorneys] in one fell swoop. We fired all Clinton [U.S. attorneys] but staggered it out more and permitted some to stay on a few months," he said.
    Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul J. McNulty stated in a reply to a memo about the situation "On the issue of Clinton [U.S. attorneys], we called each one and had them give us a timeframe. Most were gone by late April. In contrast, Clinton [Justice Department] told all but a dozen in early March to be gone immediately," McNulty said.
    Ronald Reagan replaced 89 of the 93 U.S. attorneys in his first two years in office.
    If this story is correct, then Bush not only fired all 93 attorneys, but he took the unprecedented action to fire his appointees in midterm for apparent political motives only.
    Bush supporters claiming that the "serve at the pleasure of the president" description should allow whatever abuses the president wants, should be honest with themselves for a change and ask whether they would therefore support Hillary Clinton telling the attorneys to only prosecute Republicans.

    August 28, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. J

    It amazes me how he call look straight into the camera and pretend like he did nothing wrong! Does he really think we are that STUPID! Gonzales – wake up and smell the potatoes!!!

    August 28, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Marty, Savannah, Georgia

    Unfortunately this is only a symptom of the stench of corruption that leads right up to the Oval Office. This administration continues to peddle it's phony Iraq War along with the joke of a war on terror wares to the American people. He tells the American people we must fight Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and all the other alphabet soup of terrorist organizations as if we don't we surely will have to fight them here. He continues to peddle his phony care and concern about the security of the American people but almost 7 years after 9-11 our borders and ports remain wide open allowing the very terrorists for which we are needlessly sacrificing lives and wasting money fighting overseas to flood across our wide open borders into this country. Border patrol agents have found hard evidence that terrorist elements have entered this country through our southern border from articles of clothing, uniforms and patches with Al Qaeda lettering and patches depicting aircraft flying into towers along with prayer rugs and parts of IED's and other ordinance left on the border. An undercover government security team was successfully able to sneak enough simulated fissile material across an unguarded part of the southern border, past border patrol up to the steps of the federal building in Phoenix, Arizona. Yet Bush refuses to do anything in light of this. BP agents also say 100 sex offenders cross our borders every day and 45,000 Americans have been murdered at the hands of illegal aliens since 2001 (Justice Department figures from murder and DUI's with 25 additional Americans killed every day not to mention women and children who are raped, molested and Americans whose identities are stolen by those to illegally obtain employment in this country. Yet in light of all this nothing is done by this administration who runs to Mexico to further open our borders and bring in cheap labor under the Security and Prosperity Partnership ( website). I I don't think a new Attorney General or even a new President will change this as I contacted Hillary's office and asked her staffers why the border remains open and her claims of campaigning on a platform of care and concern for the shrinking middle class losing jobs to overseas interests, cheap labor flooding into this country and in light of this why she has voted for increases of H1B and H2B holders? Her staffer didn't answer me and rudely hung up which shows she has no care or concern for the American people like Bush. Why in god's name in spite of threats from AL Qaeda and other terrorists are the borders open? Think about it.

    August 28, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Jacob Ecker, Lake Charles, LA

    Gonzales doesn't matter, Bush and Cheney are the actual source of the problems, the should BOTH be impeached simultaneously.

    August 28, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. hannah daly ,miami,florida 33133

    Mr Gonzalez had no respect for the law except that which Bush considered "Law" No question he did not seek warrants to eaves drop on the American people.Homeland Security was the mushroom he hid under to justify his actions. It's sad that he sold his soul to the Bush agenda,right or wrong. How sad,how very sad that he put blindfolds on to deal with Congress. I say,"SHAME".

    August 28, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. John in Maryland.


    August 28, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Lee, Mackinaw City, MI

    I wanted to turn cartwheels, but at my age I probably would have hurt myself.

    August 28, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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