As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," Gonzales told senators on April 27, 2005.This is the clearest test yet, regarding Gonzales and the President. And while the odds have improved regarding his resignation, I would still place my money on Gonzales staying on as Attorney General. Either that, or Congress will work to forcibly remove Gonzales via impeachment (or once again hold a vote of no confidence) as this revelation may very well push Congressional Republicans in the Democrat's direction.
Six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales a copy of a report that said its agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to have. It was one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations that Gonzales received in the three months before he made his statement to the Senate intelligence committee, according to internal FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
For a while now, I have asserted that Gonzo would not leave the Justice Department voluntarily. As a testament to his remarkable stubbornness (and stupidity), the President refuses to see him go. This might change, however, with the newest revelation from the Washington Post: