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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 10:12 AM
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Gonzolies (verb. nov.) English, May 17, 2007
Edited on Thu May-17-07 10:40 AM by L. Coyote
When Boston Globe reporter Bill Cardoso read Hunter Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" he proclaimed "That is pure Gonzo!" Cardoso used the South Boston Irish slang describing the last man standing after a drinking marathon.

"Gonzolies" is the English neologism describing the last man standing after a lying match.

"Gonzo journalism" refers to when an author cannot remove himself from the subject he investigates, often referring to a style of writing a story as perceived in the moment in the mind of the writer. Thompson believed objectivity in journalism was pure myth.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:03 AM
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1. Gonzo's Lies Await - "I have nothing to hide"
Gonzo's Lies Await
http://gahzette.blogspot.com/2007/04/gonzos-lies-await....

"I have nothing to hide"

Last week, the White House acknowledged it could not locate four years' worth of e-mails from Rove that may relate to the firings......









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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-07 08:10 AM
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15. Alberto Gonzales's Real Offense: A Shill for Cheney-Bush War Crimes
Edited on Sun May-20-07 08:19 AM by L. Coyote
Alberto Gonzales's Real Offense: A Shill for Cheney-Bush War Crimes

In testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 6, 2005, Debra Hanania-Freeman told the Senate that Gonzales "has a well-documented record of recommending dictatorial powers for the President in pursuit of the 'war on terrorism,' recommendations which precisely parallel the type of legal advice provided to the Hitler regime in 1930s Germany." ................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:24 AM
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2. Must See YouTube: Keith O and Dr. Turley VIDEO
KO--What Else is Gonzales capable of?
Run time: 06:49

Posted on DU: May 17, 2007
By DU Member: Monkeyman
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-07 08:14 AM
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16. VIDEO: Monkeyman delivers another KO knockout to Gonzolies and corrupt Politicons
Monkeyman Sat May-19-07 08:28 PM
"How Much Longer Do We Suffer"
Weekend KO Fix--Above the Law Cheney?
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 11:08 AM
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23. Monkeyman does it again: Randi Rhodes---James Comey
Monkeyman Mon May-21-07 08:50 AM - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Randi Rhodes---James Comey
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:55 AM
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3. LIARS: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) accuses AG Gonzales and DoJ officials of lying about firing
Edited on Thu May-17-07 12:02 PM by L. Coyote
Meanwhile, Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) was Told of Plan to Fire U.S. Attorney.
Now, if I recall, lying to Congress is a crime.
Plus, this is playing politics with the truth.

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GOP Lawmaker Told of Plan to Fire U.S. Attorney
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 28, 2007; Page A02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/comments/displ...

The White House told a Republican member of Congress last summer about its plans to fire a U.S. attorney in Arkansas and replace him with a former aide to presidential adviser Karl Rove, but it did not tell Democratic lawmakers, according to a new Justice Department e-mail released yesterday.

The White House called Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) "and pretty much told him what they are doing with this appointment and how they are going about it," according to a July 6 e-mail from Bud Cummins, then the U.S. attorney in Little Rock. ...........

The message indicates that Bush administration officials told Boozman about their plans to fire Cummins at the same time that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and other Democrats say they were being stonewalled.

Pryor has accused Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and other Justice officials of lying to him about the firing of Cummins, ........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:42 PM
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4. SALON Glenn Greenwald: "Gonzales...falsely insisting they had nothing to add" = circular LYING.
Thursday May 17, 2007 08:42 EST
What will be done about James Comey's revelations?
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/05/17/nsa_f...

The Washington Post Editorial page has been one of the most establishment-defending organs over the last six years, repeatedly minimizing or dismissing criticisms of the Bush administration and reserving its vigor primarily for attacking Bush critics (and for supporting the Iraq war). That's what makes its Editorial this morning regarding James Comey's testimony -- entitled "The Gonzales Coverup" -- so striking, and potentially indicative of a compelled acknowledgement by the Beltway class of how serious the NSA scandal is and how serious it has been all along.

The Editorial begins with this question and answer:

Why is it only now that the disturbing story of the Bush administration's willingness to override the legal advice of its own Justice Department is emerging? The chief reason is that the administration, in the person of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, stonewalled congressional inquiries and did its best to ensure that the shameful episode never came to light.

The Editorial is referring to the series of steps Gonzales took back in February of last year -- which I documented here -- whereby Gonzales, along with other DOJ officials, successfully blocked Ashcroft and Comey from testifying about the DOJ internal rebellion by falsely insisting they had nothing to add......

....repeatedly over the last six years, the administration issued false denials of wrongdoing and then expected/demanded we place blind faith in those assurances and thereby accept that there was no need to investigate further or compel disclosure of their conduct. After all, the administration itself has assured us that there was no wrongdoing..........

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I call that circular LYING.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 07:18 AM
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5. We will say it again: Gonzales needs to resign.
Friday, May 18, 2007 - Page updated at 02:00 AM
Editorial
Ashcroft's lesson lost on Gonzales
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion...

Who knew? Maybe the often-controversial John Ashcroft was a better U.S. attorney general than he has been given credit for. At least in one case, he certainly seemed to grasp the unique responsibilities of the office better than the current one, Alberto Gonzales.

Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week highlighted a nuanced but important contrast between the two men's views of the attorney general's role. As the nation's attorney first, Ashcroft stood up to White House overreaching with a domestic-surveillance program. Gonzales acts as henchman, facilitating a shadowy partisan agenda and appearing to consider the public's interests only as an afterthought.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 08:22 AM
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6. Sen. Salazar calls for resignation of AG Gonzales "there was political influence" ... "litmus test"

maddezmom Fri May-18-07 04:02 PM - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ...

Salazar: Gonzales should resign
Denver Post - http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_5929412

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar today called for the resignation of his friend, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose leadership he said had tarnished the Department of Justice.

"I arrive at the decision with a heavy heart and disappointment," said Salazar, D-Colo......

He said he believed there was political influence at the Department of Justice and a possibly "litmus test" applied to U.S. attorneys.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 06:14 PM
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7. Sen. Arlen Specter: Top Republican thinks Gonzales will resign
Top Republican thinks Gonzales will resign
POSTED: 6:06 p.m. EDT, May 17, 2007
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/05/17/fired.prosecutor... /

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that he expects the investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors will lead to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation.

"I have a sense when we finish our investigation, we may have a conclusion to the tenure of the attorney general," said Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

While Specter did not join the growing number of lawmakers from both parties calling for Gonzales to resign or be fired, he did call the Department of Justice "close to being dysfunctional, with an attorney general who is unable to perform the duties of that position, a deputy attorney general who is on his way out and what I sense to be considerable demoralization within the department."

Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy said he had "absolutely no confidence in the attorney general or his leadership."......................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 06:36 PM
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8. SD Sen. Johnson calls for Gonzales to step down
Sen. Johnson calls for Gonzales to step down
By Kevin Dobbs
kdobbs@argusleader.com
Published: May 18, 2007
http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2...

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson on today joined a growing chorus of Democrats who want Attorney General Alberto Gonzales removed from office, saying it is time to return trust and integrity to the Justice Department.

Democrats are pushing for a symbolic no-confidence vote, and with at least five Republicans, including Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota on board, they say the matter could go before the full Senate next week.

There has been a litany of evidence that has come forth during his tenure that casts serious doubt on his ability to lead the Justice Department, and I think it is time for him to step down, Johnson said of Gonzales.

I would agree with a growing list of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and would cast a vote of no confidence.

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 07:06 PM
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9. Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein are calling for a vote of no confidence
Heckuva job, Alberto
A Register-Guard Editorial
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2007
http://www.registerguard.com/news/2007/05/19/ed.edit.go...

Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein are calling for a vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gon- zales, which prompts the question: For this you need to vote?

..... Anyone who still expresses an eyedropper full of confidence in Gonzales is, like President Bush, merely gambling that the political damage from supporting the imploding attorney general will be easier to survive than the fallout from firing him.

The folks who (used to) work for Gonzales already have voted - with their feet. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, the No. 2 executive in the Justice Department, resigned Monday. Gonzales aide Monica Goodling refused to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and then resigned. Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson, initially made the fall guy in the attorney firing fiasco, resigned, as did William Battle, the Justice Department official who contacted most of the prosecutors to tell them they were being replaced.

Will the last person to leave the department please turn out the lights? .....................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 07:10 PM
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10. Sen. Hilary Clinton backs no-confidence vote on Gonzales
Clinton backs no-confidence vote on Gonzales
By Charlotte Eby Journal Des Moines Bureau
http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2007/05/18/new...

DES MOINES -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., expressed support for a no-confidence vote in the Senate on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, saying it is in "the best interest of our country" that he be replaced.

"I think we're going to try to keep the pressure on," Clinton said in a phone interview with Lee Enterprises.

The 2008 Democratic candidate has called on Gonzales to resign or for President Bush to fire him.

"A number of Republicans have come out in recent days and said they've lost confidence in the attorney general and have urged him to resign or for the president to replace him," Clinton said. "So let's see if we can get a majority of the Senate to go on record to send this message to the president."

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 07:30 PM
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11. Sen. Dodd takes aim at all the president's accomplices
Dodd takes aim at all the president's accomplices
PETER URBAN - 05/18/2007 10:08:43 PM EDT
http://www.connpost.com/ci_5930716?source=most_viewed

In a two-pronged attack against the integrity-challenged Bush administration, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Chris Dodd last week called for the resignations of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Cronyism, misleading congressional testimony and an inability to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution make Gonzales unfit to serve as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Dodd says. ........

At a breakfast at the National Press Club, Gonzales said quitting wasn't an option for him.

"As to whether or not you know, my resignation would be appropriate, at the end of the day, that really is a question for the president of
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the United States," Gonzales said. "He has to make that call."

So far, Bush is standing by his longtime friend.................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 07:35 PM
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12. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., joined those calling for Gonzales to resign.
Lawmakers stunned by Heavican's name on list
BY JOSEPH MORTON
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU - Saturday | May 19, 2007
http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1216&u_sid=238653...


WASHINGTON - Nebraska lawmakers in Washington were stunned to learn that Mike Heavican's name once landed on a Justice Department list of federal prosecutors who should be replaced.
They could offer no insight as to why Heavican would have been on the chopping block.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been plagued by questions about the firings of federal prosecutors.
Some members of Congress have charged that the firings were politically motivated. Several top Justice Department officials have resigned over the controversy...

This week, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., joined those calling for Gonzales to resign. Hagel said Heavican's record, experience and reputation are beyond question. "He was a very effective U.S. attorney for Nebraska for almost six years," Hagel said. "Attorney General Gonzales should have served the nation as well as Mike Heavican." ........................
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 07:41 PM
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13. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-MN, fifth senator in his party to call for Mr. Gonzales' resignation
WOW, do these WH guys need a reality check-up or WHAT???

"It's important for any public official to have as much confidence as he can garner. And that's going to
ebb and flow, but it will not ebb and flow with this president and this attorney general,"

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White House derides 'vote' on Gonzales
By Jon Ward
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
May 19, 2007

The White House yesterday said Democratic plans to hold a vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales next week are part of a "bottomless bag of tricks," and that President Bush continues to have "full confidence" in the attorney general. ..............

Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican, became the fifth senator in his party to call for Mr. Gonzales' resignation. ......

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-07 07:56 PM
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14. Sen Sununu (R-N.H.) the first GOP senator to call for resignation, March 14
Senate GOP Opposition to AG Builds
By Paul Kane | May 18, 2007; 4:41 PM ET
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/05...


Yesterday, Coleman said that the news broken by The Post's Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein that the Justice Department considered dismissing many more U.S. attorneys than officials had previously acknowledged -- between 25 to 30 prosecutors -- was a bridge too far. "Attorney General Gonzales is unable to provide the type of leadership needed to effectively run the department," Coleman said.

Coleman became the sixth Senate Republican to call for Gonzales's resignation. Unlike House Republicans, who spent last week defending Gonzales, Senate Republicans piled on the attorney general this week, creating fresh doubts about his long-term hold on the job.

Here's a Capitol Briefing breakdown of Senate Republicans who have been most outspoken on Gonzales........

THE RESIGN NOW CROWD

John Sununu (R-N.H.): First GOP senator to call for resignation, on March 14. While Sununu is up for re-election in 2008, his call for Gonzales's departure isn't just a political move as he's long been a critic of the attorney general's, particularly on issues related to torture and domestic spying.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-07 12:58 PM
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18. Sen. McCain (R-AZ): Gonzales Should Resign "out of loyalty to the president"
Edited on Sun May-20-07 12:58 PM by L. Coyote
McCain: Gonzales Should Resign

The Associated Press
Thursday, April 26, 2007; 9:59 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

WASHINGTON -- Presidential contender John McCain joined the growing number of Republicans calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to step down in the furor over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

"I am very disappointed in his performance," McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday when asked about the attorney general in an interview with CNN's Larry King. "I think loyalty to the president should enter into his calculations."

When pressed about whether Gonzales should resign, McCain responded: "I think that out of loyalty to the president that that would probably be the best thing that he could do."...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-07 01:26 PM
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19. Sen. Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Smith (R-OR) crank up heat on Gonzales = RESIGN
Senators crank up heat on Gonzales
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY - 30 days ago, April 19, 2007
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-04-19-gonz...


WASHINGTON As another Republican called for his resignation, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told a skeptical Senate panel Thursday that he didn't know why two federal prosecutors were being fired when he abruptly dismissed them, and he admitted he never reviewed evaluations for any of the eight U.S. attorneys fired last year. .....

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a Judiciary member, said Gonzales should step down. "Confidence in U.S. attorneys has been undermined, and the reputation of the attorney general's office has been tarnished," he said. "To me, there has to be consequences. The best way to put this thing behind us is your resignation."

Coburn is the third GOP senator to urge the attorney general to resign, following John Sununu of New Hampshire and Gordon Smith of Oregon. .....

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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-07 09:16 AM
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17. Rep. Schiff and Rep. Davis Call on AG Gonzales to Resign, No Confidence Vote in House
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Davis seeks Gonzales no-confidence vote
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Staff Report
http://www.al.com/news/press-register/index.ssf?/base/n...

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, is rounding up support from other lawmakers for a no-confidence resolution on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, according to a news release from Davis' office.

Gonzales "has failed to adequately and properly manage the Department of Justice and faithfully execute the duties of his office ..." Davis and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., wrote in a Friday letter to other House members, the release says.

The two plan to introduce their no-confidence resolution -- which will urge President Bush to request Gonzales' resignation ........

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Schiff Calls on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Resign - May 10, 2007
http://schiff.house.gov/HoR/CA29/Newsroom/Press+Release...

Washington, DC Today, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing Congressman Adam Schiff, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Attorney General Gonzales appeared before the Judiciary Committee and testified regarding the controversial firings of U.S. Attorneys.

After the Attorney General testified that there would be nothing improper in replacing a U.S. Attorney in order to provide a loyalist with an opportunity to pad their resume, Rep. Schiff asserted that Mr. Gonzaless testimony showed how little respect he has for the professionals in his charge. Rep. Schiff went on to further say, I hope you will resign because the department is broken and I don't think you're the one to fix it.

Below is the transcript .....
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 08:27 AM
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20. NT Times Editorial: Why This Scandal Matters. I say IMPEACH.
Will anything less than impeachment really accomplish the stated goal, to "re-establish that in the United States, the legal system does not work to advance the interests of a political party"?

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Editorial
Why This Scandal Matters
Published: May 21, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/opinion/21mon1.html

As Monica Goodling, a key player in the United States attorney scandal, prepares to testify before Congress on Wednesday, the administrations strategy is clear. It has offered up implausible excuses, hidden the most damaging evidence and feigned memory lapses, while hoping that the publics attention moves on. But this scandal is too important for the public or Congress to move on. This story should not end until Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is gone, and the serious damage that has been done to the Justice Department is repaired......

...93 United States attorney offices, scattered across the country, prosecute federal crimes ranging from public corruption to terrorism. These prosecutors have enormous power: they can wiretap peoples homes, seize property and put people in jail for life. They can destroy businesses, and affect the outcomes of elections.....

Congress has to save the Justice Department, something President Bush shows no interest in doing. It should pass a resolution of no confidence in Mr. Gonzales, and push for his removal. But it also needs to insist on new leadership that will restore the departments traditions of professionalism and impartiality, and re-establish that in the United States, the legal system does not work to advance the interests of a political party.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 09:10 AM
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21. Goooogling Gonzolies reveals history of earlier usage. LINKS
Edited on Mon May-21-07 09:17 AM by L. Coyote
http://www.haloscan.com/comments.php?user=atrios&commen...
PeasantParty | 05.22.06
"As I said on the old thread, Gonzolies put the last nail in the coffin for MSM."

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http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/002419.php
Posted by: Rob - January 28, 2007 12:01 AM

"Anun is the only one so far who has come close to identifiying the most troubling aspect. Gonzolies CAN't tell Leahy or anyone else because that would entail admitting they have made a deal..."

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My apologies to any survivors in the family.
It was never my intent to belittle a good family name.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mtlcgs/html_pages/LCDeathG.htm

Lewis And Clark County Death Index
GONZOLIES, Marie - 2/9/1908

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Subsequencia:

HereSince1628 Sat May-19-07 09:01 AM - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

2. Do we know what was said? I thought Gonzolies just used thumbscrews
And kept asking,'will you sign it now?' 'will you sign it now?'
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 09:22 AM
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22. OpEd: Asks, "Did president authorize violating law?" Calls for Impeaching Gonzales
Edited on Mon May-21-07 09:25 AM by L. Coyote
Perhaps this call for impeachment is mis-targeted?? If the President authorized violating the law, will impeaching Gonzolies cure the nation's chief ill, the Illegal-Authorizer-in-Chief?

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Gonzales must go; investigation must go on
Did president authorize violating law?
May 21, 2007
http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=...


Yes, of course, Alberto Gonzales must go. His gross mismanagement of the U.S. Department of Justice by enabling White House political meddling in the professional ranks has ripped apart the department.

He no longer has the support of a growing number of members of Congress, including from within the Republican Party. He does not deserve the support of the American people. If he will not resign, and if the president will not fire him, Congress should begin proceedings to impeach him. ..............
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 12:30 PM
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24. NY Times: Spitzer, Nixon and Gonzales = "... a blight upon the DoJ..."
May 21, 2007, 8:00 am
Spitzer, Nixon and Gonzales
By Danny Hakim
http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/spitzer-... /

As one might expect, Eliot Spitzer, the former New York attorney general turned governor, has some opinions about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. As one might expect, they are not kind.

I think it is a blight upon the Department of Justice that Alberto Gonzales is still the attorney general, Mr. Spitzer said in an interview last week.

We are brought back to the days, the dark days of the Nixon era, where the tentacles of politics reach into the Department of Justice and threaten our core notions of what justice means, .....

............For part of Mr. Spitzers eight-year tenure as New York attorney general, Mr. Comey was the United States attorney based in Manhattan. Mr. Spitzer, who was not known to get along with all of his federal counterparts, said Mr. Comey was the Norman Rockwell image of a marine, a Boy Scout, the image of rectitude and doing what is proper...........
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 07:49 PM
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25. 2007.05.21 = Gonzolies Congressional No-Confidence Vote, Various Articles
Schumer defends call for Gonzales 'no confidence vote'
David Edwards and Josh Catone
Published: Sunday May 20, 2007
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Fox_Schumer_defends_call_...


Speaking on Fox News Sunday Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) defended his call for a vote of "no confidence" in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, which the White House has characterized as a "political stunt."

"The bottom line is the only person who thinks the attorney general should remain attorney general is the president," he said. "He's gotten virtually no support from even Republicans in the Senate, just a handful have supported him, six have called for him to step down, a dozen more have said very negative things about him."

The president has the constitutional authority to keep Gonzales, Schumer said, but the senate has the constitutional right to press the issue and try to make the president understand that the attorney general is "no good."

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Bush Defends Gonzalez Ahead of Congressional No-Confidence Vote
By Dan Robinson
Capitol Hill
21 May 2007
http://voanews.com/english/2007-05-21-voa59.cfm

Robinson report - Download (mp3) 1.73MB audio clip
Listen to Robinson report audio clip

President Bush is accusing Democrats in Congress of playing politics as they prepare to take a no-confidence vote this week on Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. VOA's Dan Robinson reports from Capitol Hill, controversy involving Gonzalez and his handling of the dismissals of eight U.S. prosecutors, will also be in the spotlight when one of his former aides testifies before a House committee.

"He has got my confidence," said President Bush. "He has done nothing wrong. ..... And I, frankly, view what's taking place in Washington today as pure political theater."...........

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Schiff introduces Gonzales no-confidence resolution
By Klaus Marre - May 21, 2007
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/schiff-davis-introd...


Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Artur Davis (D-Ala.) introduced a resolution Monday urging President Bush to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The two lawmakers, both of whom are former federal prosecutors, are highly critical of Gonzaless handling of the firing of several U.S. attorneys. Their resolution also states that the attorney general has failed to assure the public that the laws of the nation are being enforced in an independent, nonpartisan and judicious manner. ..............

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Gonzales could resign, stave off confidence vote
Associated Press - Mon, May. 21, 2007
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation...


WASHINGTON The top Republican on the Senate committee investigating Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes Gonzales could step down before a no-confidence vote sought this week by Senate Democrats.

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he believed a sizable number of GOP lawmakers would join Democrats in expressing their lack of confidence in the attorney general.

Five Republicans have urged Gonzales to resign over his firing of federal prosecutors, while several other Republicans have expressed criticism of his actions.

Votes of no confidence are very rare, Specter said. Historically, that is something which Attorney General Gonzales would like to avoid. I think that if and when he sees that coming, he would prefer to avoid that kind of a historical black mark. ...........................

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