p2pnet news | Politics:- To no one’s surprise, self-described US Top Cop Alberto Gonzales is to join the defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Bush pal and political adviser Karl Rove, White House counselor Dan Bartlett, budget director Rob Portman, chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, political director Sara Taylor and deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch in retirement, say reports.
“Dogged by controversial issues including wiretapping programs and fired U.S. attorneys,” Gonzales and his wife, Becky, “had lunch with Bush at his Crawford, Texas, ranch on Sunday,” says CNN.
Now, “Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is resigning today,” says the New York Times.
Bush will, “likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to the position, senior administration officials said.”
Gonzales, “was never the right man for this job,”CNN has senate majority Leader Harry Reid declaring.
“He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove.
“This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.”
And Democratic senator Patrick Leahy said Gonzales was responsible for a “severe crisis of leadership that allowed our justice system to be corrupted by political influence,” according to the story.
Although George W. Bush had, “long stood by Gonzales,” members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, “had called on him to quit after the firing of several U.S. attorneys in 2006,” says New York Times, adding:
“President Bush and Mr. Gonzales go way back. Before Mr. Gonzales was confirmed as attorney general in early 2005, he was White House counsel, had served in Mr. Bush`s gubernatorial administration in Texas and was a judge there.
“So stay tuned. Mr. Gonzales plans to hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today to officially announce his resignation. President Bush will make a statement in Texas at 11:30 a.m.”
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