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
February 12, 2009 |
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.
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.
September 2, 2008 |
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.
November 19, 2008 |
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.
March 14, 2007
Re "Gonzales urged to quit 'for the nation,' " March 12 Let's not forget that, while serving as White House counsel, Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales drafted the memo that allowed the U.S. to opt out of the Geneva Convention in fighting terrorism. It still amazes me that, even after the Abu Ghraib scandal came to light, he was nominated to be the nation's leading prosecutor. As attorney general, Gonzales has continued to blindly do the bidding of the executive branch. In the Bush White House, as in much of corporate America, you will be rewarded for your loyalty no matter how colossal your failures.