It is Completely Obvious that the Attorney General is a Political Pawn of the President
I couldn't sleep tonight (late night double espresso) and it's a damn good thing. As I was flipping channels I stopped on C-Span ann I couldn't believe the action taking place. I've watched maybe 2 hours of C-Span my entire life but tonight I watched at least 3 hours of the most compelling television I've seen in my lifetime. It's impossible to accurately articulate the intensity of the Judicial Over site Committee's questioning of Attorney General Gonzales. What was also as incredulous was the lack of truth spoken by the man who is supposed to be upholding the laws of our Country.
Four very important issues became clear to me while watching Gonzeles dance around the questions, we are still conducting torture, Gonzeles went to the hospital bed of a doped up Ashcroft, on behalf of the President to continue the wiretapping (Ashcroft was against it) and that the wiretapping was illegal, that the firing of the Department of Justice lawyers was completely political, and that now the vice president is informed of cases inside the DOJ allowing him to be involved in politicizing outcomes of cases.
Attorney General Gonzales Has Lost the Trust of Patrick Leahy. Over and over Senator after Senator said that Gonzeles lacked credibility, that he had purposefully misled them, and repeatedly asked him to check the record indicating that they think he may have perjured himself to them.
The Ashcroft bedside appeal is perhaps the basest and easiest for the American public to understand. Gonzales, as the counsel to the president, had gone to bedside of a doped up Ashcroft to have him sign a document created by the White House. Gonzales implied that he knew power had been transferred to his Asst. Attorney General yet he also said that he knew Ashcroft could say he was feeling better, regain his power of AG and sign the wiretapping document that Bush sent his lawyer to get in the middle of the night. Ashcroft's wife had asked that no visitors be allowed in, yet Gonzales went in. What kind of man does this? What kind of desperation was going on inside the White House? Why has there not been a criminal investigation into the illegal wiretapping?
The torture issue became clear under questioning. Basically, the White House rules out certain tortures but does not rule out others and Gonzeles can have no comment on it. Please read this article about 130 jurists who condemn the White House torture memorandum. Where is the defense of the Constitution?
After hearing the litany of cases the fired attorneys were working on it becomes apparent that the lawyer's firings were completely politically motivated. The most interesting fact is that Gonzales can not say where the list of attorneys to be fired came from and who had input on compiling the list. It sounds very much like the energy hearings that Cheney was having and will not disclose. How can the American public stand for this?
Another issue that troubled me was a memo produced, signed by Gonzales, that troubled even him. It stated that the office of the Vice President and his staff has access to details about ongoing cases in the Justice Department. Gonzales was asked, "What does the Vice President need to know about any impending case?" and the answer was nothing.
The reason morale is so low in the department is that they are being directed, when applicable, to interpret the law politically. Why do we allow torture, political infiltration of our justice system, bullying, and spying on US citizens? Our president is accountable to the Constitution and the US citizenry. Now is the time to call for Gonzales' resignation.