Why No Confidence

Now for those of you who might wonder why the big ruffle over Gonzo’s no confidence vote, and why there are so many of us that want him gone, here would be a great place to look.

Just a few greatest hits:

FICTION: Attorney General Gonzales claimed – under oath – that no major disagreements about the legality of the NSA wiretapping program existed.

Senator Schumer: “Let me ask you about some specific reports. It has been reported by multiple news outlets that the former number two man in the Justice Department, the premier terrorism prosecutor, Jim Comey, expressed grave reservations about the NSA program and at least once refused to give it his blessing. Is that true?”

Attorney General Gonzales: “Senator, here is a response that I feel that I can give with respect to recent speculation or stories about disagreements. There has not been any serious disagreement, including – and I think this is accurate – there has not been any serious disagreement about the program that the President has confirmed. There have been disagreements about other matters regarding operations, which I cannot get into.” (Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 2/6/07)

FACT: Alberto Gonzales tried to pressure Attorney General John Ashcroft to overturn a ruling by the Justice Department that the program was illegal. “On the night of March 10, 2004, as Attorney General John D. Ashcroft lay ill in an intensive-care unit, his deputy, James B. Comey, received an urgent call. White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and President Bush’s chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., were on their way to the hospital to persuade Ashcroft to reauthorize Bush’s domestic surveillance program, which the Justice Department had just determined was illegal. In vivid testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Comey said he alerted FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and raced, sirens blaring, to join Ashcroft in his hospital room, arriving minutes before Gonzales and Card. Ashcroft, summoning the strength to lift his head and speak, refused to sign the papers they had brought. Gonzales and Card, who had never acknowledged Comey’s presence in the room, turned and left.” (Washington Post, 5/16/07)

FACT: Gonzales refused to comment on testimony regarding a highly unusual visit he paid to the hospital bedside of Attorney General Ashcroft.

QUESTION: Mr. Attorney General, last month, Jim Comey testified about a visit you and Andy Card made to John Ashcroft’s hospital bed. Can you tell us your side of the story? Why were you there? And did Mr. Comey testify truthfully about it? Did he remember it correctly?

GONZALES: Mr. Comey’s testimony related to a highly classified program which the president confirmed to the American people sometime ago. And, because it’s a highly classified program, I’m not going to comment on his testimony. (Press Conference, 6/5/07)

It’s not like we’re trying to oust him because he’s one of those evil Republicans, we’re trying to oust him because he did things such as, I dunno, strongarm a bed ridden man into signing off an illegal procedure and then carrying through with it when they didn’t succeed.

This guy isn’t a law enforcement official, he’s a forgetful thug!

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