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July 22, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
The lead investigator lacks evidence to bring criminal charges in U.S. Atty. David C. Iglesias' ouster in New Mexico and to determine whether Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales committed perjury. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that "no criminal charges are warranted" against officials in the George W. Bush administration for the firing of nine U.S. attorneys four years ago, which led to allegations of improper political pressure and ultimately cost Alberto R. Gonzales his job as attorney general.
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July 22, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
The lead investigator lacks evidence to bring criminal charges in U.S. Atty. David C. Iglesias' ouster in New Mexico and to determine whether Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales committed perjury. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that "no criminal charges are warranted" against officials in the George W. Bush administration for the firing of nine U.S. attorneys four years ago, which led to allegations of improper political pressure and ultimately cost Alberto R. Gonzales his job as attorney general.
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OPINION
April 25, 2007
Re "President is still No. 1 fan of Gonzales," April 24 Not only does President Bush continue to prove that he lives in a parallel universe not at all related to reality, his comments about Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales demonstrate that his low bar of expectations is not even off the ground. BARRY GREENFIELD West Hollywood
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February 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A federal grand jury investigating the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys has subpoenaed records of former Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), and prosecutors are preparing to interview an ex-aide to President Bush's political advisor, Karl Rove. Career federal prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy is looking into whether former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, other Bush administration officials or Republicans in Congress should face criminal charges in the dismissals. An earlier Justice Department review concluded that politics played a role in at least four of the firings.
OPINION
May 14, 2007
Re "Gonzales frustrates Democrats," May 11 I don't know why Democrats continue to question Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, when he has made his position crystal clear. He justifiably fired U.S. attorneys whose personnel files he never reviewed, based on a list drawn up by unknown individuals in his department using criteria of which he was unaware. HOWARD S. BLUM Thousand Oaks
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February 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A federal grand jury investigating the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys has subpoenaed records of former Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), and prosecutors are preparing to interview an ex-aide to President Bush's political advisor, Karl Rove. Career federal prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy is looking into whether former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, other Bush administration officials or Republicans in Congress should face criminal charges in the dismissals. An earlier Justice Department review concluded that politics played a role in at least four of the firings.
OPINION
April 12, 2007
Re "Gingrich joins call for Gonzales to step down," April 9 It's fairly obvious why the Democratic sharks are circling the warm water for a nibble at Atty. Gen Alberto R. Gonzales. But now that Newt Gingrich, a razor-tooth Republican cannibal shark, has invaded the waters, things could get bloody real fast. Don't worry, Alberto -- Gingrich is an old has-been shark. JOE MARTINEZ Chino Hills Being a "glass half full" person, I look at the fiasco surrounding Gonzales and reassure Americans: Hey, it could be worse -- he could be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Then-Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales mishandled highly classified notes about a secret counter-terrorism program, but not on purpose, according to a memo by his legal team. The memo, obtained by the Associated Press, acknowledges that Gonzales improperly stored notes about the program and might have taken them home at one point -- a violation of government policy. The classified notes focus on a March 2004 meeting with congressional leaders about a national security program that was about to expire.
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November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Vice President Dick Cheney and former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in Willacy County. The indictment, returned Monday, has not been signed by the presiding judge. No action can be taken unless that happens. Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to his investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers.
OPINION
May 24, 2007
Re "Bush still squarely in Gonzales' corner," May 22 The Times quotes President Bush as saying Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales was up against the sort of theatrical behavior that had "caused the American people to lose confidence in how Washington operates." Wrong, Mr. President. It is this administration that has caused the American people to lose confidence in how we are governed. As far as political theater goes, we all know how the last act will end for Gonzales. Let's let the final curtain fall now rather than later.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Vice President Dick Cheney and former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in Willacy County. The indictment, returned Monday, has not been signed by the presiding judge. No action can be taken unless that happens. Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to his investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers.
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September 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Then-Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales mishandled highly classified notes about a secret counter-terrorism program, but not on purpose, according to a memo by his legal team. The memo, obtained by the Associated Press, acknowledges that Gonzales improperly stored notes about the program and might have taken them home at one point -- a violation of government policy. The classified notes focus on a March 2004 meeting with congressional leaders about a national security program that was about to expire.
OPINION
May 25, 2007
Re "Ex-Gonzales aide says she may have 'crossed the line,' " May 24 One would think after listening to the most recent testimony by former Department of Justice staff member Monica Goodling before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that many top officials in the Bush administration suffer from mild to severe memory problems. In my opinion, we had better make sure that whomever we elect to be president in 2008 promises to do everything to not hire staffers with any personal or family history of forgetfulness.
OPINION
May 24, 2007
Re "Bush still squarely in Gonzales' corner," May 22 The Times quotes President Bush as saying Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales was up against the sort of theatrical behavior that had "caused the American people to lose confidence in how Washington operates." Wrong, Mr. President. It is this administration that has caused the American people to lose confidence in how we are governed. As far as political theater goes, we all know how the last act will end for Gonzales. Let's let the final curtain fall now rather than later.
OPINION
May 14, 2007
Re "Gonzales frustrates Democrats," May 11 I don't know why Democrats continue to question Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, when he has made his position crystal clear. He justifiably fired U.S. attorneys whose personnel files he never reviewed, based on a list drawn up by unknown individuals in his department using criteria of which he was unaware. HOWARD S. BLUM Thousand Oaks
OPINION
April 25, 2007
Re "President is still No. 1 fan of Gonzales," April 24 Not only does President Bush continue to prove that he lives in a parallel universe not at all related to reality, his comments about Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales demonstrate that his low bar of expectations is not even off the ground. BARRY GREENFIELD West Hollywood
OPINION
May 25, 2007
Re "Ex-Gonzales aide says she may have 'crossed the line,' " May 24 One would think after listening to the most recent testimony by former Department of Justice staff member Monica Goodling before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that many top officials in the Bush administration suffer from mild to severe memory problems. In my opinion, we had better make sure that whomever we elect to be president in 2008 promises to do everything to not hire staffers with any personal or family history of forgetfulness.
OPINION
April 21, 2007
Re "Senators aim stiff criticism at Gonzales," April 20 Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has said that the eight U.S. attorneys were fired because of lapses of judgment and management of their offices. If the same criteria are applied to Gonzales, President Bush should ask for his resignation immediately. DAN CALDWELL Malibu So Gonzales can't recall -- which he said more than 50 times. No need to fret. Gonzales himself has approved a method of memory enhancement that just might help him. It requires only a couple of common household items -- a bathtub and a board.
OPINION
April 24, 2007
Re "Gonzales remains in the spotlight," April 23 The failure of Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales to step down only echoes an attitude that's been popularized by our president. Gonzales is answerable, in his opinion, only to the president. George W. Bush in word and deed is answerable only to himself. Anyone who witnessed Gonzales' performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee could only imagine that, at the end of the day, he would be forced by conscience or consensus to resign. But so far his resignation has not been forthcoming.
OPINION
April 21, 2007
Re "Senators aim stiff criticism at Gonzales," April 20 Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has said that the eight U.S. attorneys were fired because of lapses of judgment and management of their offices. If the same criteria are applied to Gonzales, President Bush should ask for his resignation immediately. DAN CALDWELL Malibu So Gonzales can't recall -- which he said more than 50 times. No need to fret. Gonzales himself has approved a method of memory enhancement that just might help him. It requires only a couple of common household items -- a bathtub and a board.
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