Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Should Alberto Gonzales be fired?


Amid a growing furor after the controversial firing of eight U.S. attorneys last December, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales went before reporters yesterday (March 13th) and admitted his department mishandled the dismissals. But while accepting responsibility for that, he stood by the decision to fire the eight, saying it was appropriate: ["I acknowledge that mistakes were made here. I accept that responsibility. And my pledge to the American people is to find out what went wrong here, to assess accountability, and to make improvements so that the mistakes that occurred in this instance do not occur again in the future."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . in the future.)

Democrats have charged that the dismissals were politically motivated, with some of the attorneys saying they felt pressured by top Republicans in their states to rush investigations of potential voter fraud involving Democrats. Justice Department officials, including Gonzales, went before Congress and said under oath that the decision was made solely by the Justice Department and was based on performance, not politics. However, emails were released yesterday (March 13th) between Gonzales' chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, and then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers, that showed the firings were discussed for two years by officials in both the White House and Justice Department.

In the wake of the emails being released, Sampson resigned his position Monday.

Gonzales said yesterday that he was unhappy that incorrect information was given to Congress: ["I believe very strongly in our obligation to ensure that when we provide information to the Congress that it's accurate and that it is complete, and I'm very dismayed that that may not have occurred here."] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . have occurred here.) He said Sampson didn't tell other Justice Department officials about the extent of his discussions with the White House, and that's why incomplete information was given to Congress. Gonzales said he was among those who wasn't given all the details, and explained that Sampson had resigned effective immediately as a result of the miscommunication.

There were also major newspaper reports yesterday that the White House had suggested two years ago that all 93 of the nation's U.S. attorneys be fired, but the idea was rejected as being too disruptive. And the Washington Post and New York Times cited a White House spokesperson as saying the eight attorneys were fired after President Bush spoke to Gonzales about complaints that some of them were not energetically pursuing voter fraud investigations.

Hillary Clinton knows all about sacking U.S. Attorneys

As everyone once knew but has tried to forget, Mr. Hubbell was a former partner of Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who later went to jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also Bill and Hillary Clinton's choice as Associate Attorney General in the Justice Department when Janet Reno, his nominal superior, simultaneously fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. Ms. Reno--or Mr. Hubbell--gave them 10 days to move out of their offices.

At the time, President Clinton presented the move as something perfectly ordinary: "All those people are routinely replaced," he told reporters, "and I have not done anything differently." In fact, the dismissals were unprecedented: Previous Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, had both retained holdovers from the previous Administration and only replaced them gradually as their tenures expired. This allowed continuity of leadership within the U.S. Attorney offices during the transition.

Equally extraordinary were the politics at play in the firings. At the time, Jay Stephens, then U.S. Attorney in Chicago, was investigating then Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, and was "within 30 days" of making a decision on an indictment. Mr. Rostenkowski, who was shepherding the Clinton's economic program through Congress, eventually went to jail on mail fraud charges and was later pardoned by Mr. Clinton.

Five TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and FNC) interviewed Alberto Gonzales yesterday, asking a total of 42 questions, and not one mentioned Bill Clinton’s firing of 93 attorneys in 1993 – though they asked 10 times if he would resign

8 Comments:

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never liked Gonzales. But this is just more Dem crap.

Jim in PA

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous bill "the future antichrist" clinton said...

I don't understand why Republicans are so timid. The Dems wouldn't hesitate one second to fire Republican-appointed U.S. Attorneys; the Dems are at war with the Republicans, and the Dems know it. The Repubs are hiding their heads in the sand; they imagine that being nice and conciliatory to Dems will make things all nicey nicey.

On the other hand, the Dems have the same myopia in another context. The Dems imagine that, if we, the U.S., simply reach out to our enemies (the jihadis, the communinsts, whoever ....), embrace them, and show that we mean them no harm, then our enemies will stop seeking to destroy us, and all will be happy happy smiley smiley.

 
At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should be fired and the Attorneys should all be reinstated.

 
At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised the Democrats are not calling for the resignation of Condolezza Rice, our so called Middle East expert. Wouldn't you have thought a Middle East expert, would have expected there would be a civil war in Iraq after the US invaded and removed Saddam and his controlled grip of the various tribes/sects in that country? Do we have the best people/experts running this country or a bunch of PC compassionate conservatives bumbelling around... I also question the credibility of our homeland security chief, Mr. Cherkoff... How about firing him also..

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you have an Attorney General who admits laws have been broken be allowed to stay on. If it were you he would not hesitate to throw you in the slammer and make your life as miserable as possible. At most he should at least lose his job.

 
At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is to the point that the Democrat's are the biggest whiner's of both parties. Especially Chuckie Shummer. I'd like to slap that jerk.. Also, Arlene Spector... What a bunch of degenerates.. Representing the American people.. right... Why is Sandy Berger not in prison? Answer me that.. Chuckie and Arlene? Corruption, that is why. All of you are corrupt and are only interested in getting reelected, and the fat paycheck, and bennie's you receive from lobbyists, and corporate America. You don't give a crap about the American people or the good of the country. Self centered SOB's. We need to empty out Guantanoma, and replace them with the members of the House and the Senate; and how about water boarding ol' Chuckie and Arlene, just for the heck of it! Send Alberto G. down there to manage the place, and Janet Reno as his assistant.

 
At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Orlando Sentinel, Sunday 18 March, page A7. It appears one of the reasons these U.S. attorneys were fired was related to lack of action in vote-fraud probes. If I recall both parties were screaming voter fraud the last few elections. The article discusses Attorney Inglesias, who was investigating vote fraud in NM. Teenagers were registered to vote, and it was tracked to one particular woman, who forged signatures, to register these people. His comment was "It appeared she was doing it for the money", and not for the intent of influencing the election.

I think Alberto Gonzalez had every right to fire this man, and probably the others.

I suppose it would be OK for me to falsify and register voters, as long as I was not intent on influencing the election? Laws are laws, penalties apply for all US citizens, Democrats, Republicans, Independents.

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuckie Shummer was on "Meet the Press" Sunday, talking about this issue. What a disgraceful individual. The man is a lawyer liar. My understanding is that all 8 of them were fired, because they refused to investigate Democrat voter fraud in the past elections. Appointed by Democrats. Right on, Chuckie... coverup it all up.. baffle us with the legalize talk. Do you think all us American's are stupid people? Suppose you will get away with it again 2008.. since most American's ARE stupid, and the media gives us half the story; as usual.

 

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