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April 20, 2007

Brownback on Attorney General Gonzales

Filed under: Justice/Law,Sam Brownback — Psycheout @ 11:45 am

Senator Sam Brownback had this to say concerning the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday:

“At yesterday’s hearing, I posed several questions to the Attorney General about the grounds for the dismissal of eight United States attorneys in December 2006,” said Brownback. “Although his answers suggested that there were serious managerial issues at the Department of Justice, I did not see a factual basis to call for his resignation. As for whether the Attorney General should resign, that is a question I leave to him and to the President.”

The senator gets it right. I would have been a little less charitable, but that’s why I’m blogging while Sam is running for President. The AG’s inability to recall over and over again didn’t look very good to say the least. But in the end, if he has the President’s confidence, his job is safe.

Update: Byron York over at National Review Online does not mince words:

Judging by his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, there are three questions about the U.S. attorneys mess that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wants answered: What did I know? When did I know it? And why did I fire those U.S. attorneys?

As the day dragged on, it became clear — painfully clear to anyone who supports Gonzales — that the attorney general didn’t know the answers. Much of the time, he explained, he didn’t really know much at all — he was just doing what his senior staff recommended he do.

Further down, York has this to say:

Under examination from Republican Sens. Sam Brownback, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Sessions, Tom Coburn and others, Gonzales maintained, in essence, that he did not know why he fired at least some of the eight dismissed U.S. attorneys. While Gonzales was able to give a reason for each firing, it appeared that in a number of cases, he had reconstructed the reason after the fact; he didn’t know why he fired the U.S. attorneys at the time, other than the dismissals were recommended by senior Justice Department staff.

Ouch. That’s gotta sting. Read the whole thing.

— Psycheout


  1. Brownback is being pretty diplomatic about it. Byron York really rips into Gonzo though. I can’t say I disagree.

    Actually, I’m not so sure that firing attorneys is such a big deal. Every president does it. But AG didn’t distingush himself with his performance.

    Comment by Jodi — April 20, 2007 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

  2. Hey there,

    Not sure if you know and it’s off topic but the Senator has set up an official Myspace page.

    I need to refix my top friends list but maybe this will aid in spreading the word.

    And I agree with the above comment, however, some new information that the firings might have been linked to anti-porn crackdowns. If that in fact is the case, I for one will be one Democrat that won’t complain that much anymore.

    Comment by inksmudge — April 21, 2007 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  3. So, Gonzales basically has the same shortcomings as the rest of the Bush administration.

    I like that you are being tough on him. Too bad you can’t apply the same standards the rest of this bunch.

    Comment by JackALopez — April 21, 2007 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  4. I hope Gonzalez gets to stay. He’s a decent man, I think he was probably just rattled by the relentless snipings of Patrick Leahy and the other Democrats present at the hearing.

    Comment by Sisyphus — April 22, 2007 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  5. Is this the same Psycheout, 3 1/2 months later?

    “Other than Ed Meese, Alberto Gonzalez is the greatest Attorney General we’ve ever had.”

    (link on my handle)

    Comment by Crust — August 2, 2007 @ 11:21 am | Reply

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