October 11th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Former attorney general hires influential lawyer

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has hired a powerful Washington attorney to represent him.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has hired influential Washington attorney George Terwilliger to represent him as a probe continues into allegations he misled lawmakers about a controversial surveillance program and illegally let politics influence hiring and firing decisions at the Justice Department.

Terwilliger tells CNN his firm is "assisting Judge Gonzales as we assist many companies and individuals when they are cooperating with investigations. It is always unfair for anyone to assume that hiring a lawyer represents anything other than common sense."

The Justice Department's Inspector General and its Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year and other issues that subsequently arose from the congressional probe into them, including whether Gonzales intentionally misled Congress about the administration's warrantless surveillance program and internal opposition to it.

Gonzales has maintained he did nothing intentionally wrong in relation to those incidents.

Terwilliger was the Justice Department's No. 2 official in the early 1990s and, according to several officials, was on the short list to replace Gonzales after he resigned in August.

President Bush has nominated retired federal judge Michael Mukasey to replace Gonzales.

- CNN Justice Correspondent Kelli Arena

Filed under: Alberto Gonzales • Michael Mukasey
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. ed santoyo

    How dare of Mr. Gonzalez, trying to protect himself!, he knew all alone he did wrong, so pay for your mistakes and abused you have done to America. be an honest person with intergity , and I really dont believe you can attain this 2 elements, so sad!

    October 11, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    "Democrats let it go ,,you pushed this honorable man out of office,,what do you want, his head????This man was only trying to protect the American people, you democrats make me sickā€¦..
    Posted By John Chicago : October 11, 2007 10:32 am"

    Your idea of honor is attacking defenseless children with Lies (e.g. Graeme Frost). Hand the Conservative Republicans to the nearest tree!

    Democracy and Freedom are liberal ideas!

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    Benjamin Franklin

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Poor Alberto Gonzales. He tried playing hard ball with the BIG guys and became the FALL boy. We know he's not the master mind in this matter and I'm sure his attorney was hired to "assist" in keeping his mouth shut. Gonzales should have kept his moral integrity in check at any cost but no he chose to sell his soul to the devil. I know he's got to be regretful.

    October 11, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    Give him a lawyer and then strap him down and water board him because we don't torture in this country.

    October 11, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Thom Jefferson Midland TX

    Parents are Illegal Aliens why would you think he is honest?

    October 12, 2007 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  6. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    So "Tommy", if this was simply done just to get the Clintons, why could she NOT ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTIONS, I DON"T RECALL is a dodge to tell the truth.

    I was responding to the posting by:

    Anonymous : October 11, 2007 12:02 am

    Sorry, if you believe that it is ok to let Hilary use the dodge, but this idiot can't.

    Maybe we can ask him to "define diabolical" and he can wag his finger and lie about what he did and didn't do.

    Clinton lied, was FORCED to admit guilt, this idiot (in my country anyway), is innocent until PROVEN GUILTY.

    He should have been smarter and done it like Billyboy, in order to get the attorneys that HE HAD TO REMOVE, he was brilliant to just get rid of them all, not these dolts, they had to be choosey

    Lets see how this works out, shall we?

    October 12, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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