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News item: Former Attorney General and early-onset Alzheimer’s poster-boy Alberto Gonzales will be writing a tell-all book “to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as a senior official in the Bush administration.”
It will be interesting to see how he can set the record straight without putting himself at risk for a perjury conviction, given all those “I can’t recall” answers he gave during sworn testimony before various Congressional committees…
Sorry for the tired metaphor, but Gonzo is gone! That’s the happy news I woke up to this morning. According to the New York Times, Gonzales submitted his resignation to the president by telephone on Friday, thus saving Congress the effort of impeaching his sorry ass (though of course they remain free to consider criminal charges given his apparent perjury in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year).
I’m going to be all smiles at work this morning. The guy who thinks that spying on Americans without a warrant is okay and that the Geneva Conventions are “quaint” and who apparently can’t remember anything but his own name is leaving the Department of Justice! Have a great day everyone!
And of course, it goes without saying that I still think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
So it seems Alberto Gonzales has vowed to stay at the Justice Department to “repair its broken image.” Can someone please take the poor, deluded man aside and explain to him that the fastest and most effective way for him to repair the image of the Department of Justice would be to leave it? Pretty please?
And as you know, I really think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
Well, if it were anyone else testifying before Congress, this would be the point were I would start jumping up and down saying, “See! See! I told you so!” Back in May, when Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I noted that the way he was tap-dancing around exactly what secret spying program was at the heart of his race to beat Alberto Gonzalez to John Ashcroft’s hospital bedside made me suspect that maybe there was another program we didn’t know about yet. So you don’t have to go searching through my old posts, here’s what I said at the time:
Several sources I have read that commented on the Comey testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee seem to take it as a given that he is talking about the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. A careful listen to the actual testimony – at least the clip that Crooks and Liars has posted – makes it clear that Comey is going to great pains not to identify the specific nature of what he and Ashcroft were analyzing and objecting to. Now, it is possible, even probable, that the gentlemen in question were talking about the warrantless wiretapping program. The apparent timing of the conversation and the events Comey spoke of certainly makes that a possibility.
I want to raise another possibility for your consideration, my dear non-existent readers – one that I have not yet seen mentioned in the blogosphere: perhaps they were talking about some other program or activity then under consideration by the current administration – something we, as members of the general public, are not yet aware of. After all, if they were talking about the warrantless wiretapping program, why the careful dancing around the specifics of the discussion? The alleged president has already admitted that it is happening, so there would be no real need for so much reticence on Comey’s part.
Now today, in his most recent Congressional testimony, Gonzo is making just that suggestion — that the race to Ashcroft’s hospital bedside was about something else. Except, well, this is Gonzo, and I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth any more. Plus, as I noted in an addendum to my earlier post, other stuff at the time made it appear more likely than not that Comey was talking about the warrantless wiretapping program after all. So now I don’t know what to think.
I’ve been away for a few days, so I haven’t said it recently: I really think that Bush and Cheney (and Gonzales) ought to be impeached.
Okay, I didn’t get my act together in time to come up with an “Alberto Gonzales Congressional Testimony Drinking Game,” but let’s face it, those hearings started way too early in the day, and ran way too long, to be good drinking game material, anyway. I mean, just saying, “Take one sip whenever Gonzo says ‘I can’t recall’” would have had everyone snot-slinging drunk before noon, and the hearings went until, what, 5:00 pm EST?
Here’s one thing that struck me, though. As someone in the audience at the Senate hearings pointed out (audible over the C-Span microphones), how did Alberto get through law school if his memory is really that bad? In law school, you really need to be able to remember a lot of information to pass your courses – fifty- to eighty-page study outlines by the end of the semester are probably the norm. So how did someone who apparently can’t remember whether he attended meetings or participated in discussions just a couple of months ago manage to graduate from Harvard Law School?
Occam’s razor answer: He is lying about what he can and can’t remember, and he’s doing it to cover for individuals in the Bush administration. Is he covering for The Decider, Rove, or someone else? Don’t know, and don’t really care, at this point, as it ultimately comes down to the President.
I’m just saying…