Alberto Gonzales, Department of Justice, Federal Government, U.S. Attorneys Offices

The Pearl Harbor Day Massacre: The Stuff Has Officially Hit the Fan

Alberto Gonzales Attorney General Alberto R Gonzales Above the Law blog.JPGAttorney General Alberto Gonzales gave a news briefing this afternoon on the controversial firings of eight U.S. Attorneys. When we saw him on CNN, stepping in front of the cameras for an unplanned press conference, we immediately thought: “Is he resigning?”
As it turns out, noemphatically not. Attorney General Gonzales is not going anywhere, at least for now. But a Gonzales resignation no longer lies outside the realm of possibility. Earlier this week, Gonzales accepted the resignation of Kyle Sampson, his chief of staff, who reportedly failed to brief other senior DOJ officials about his discussions with former White House Counsel Harriet Miers about the firings.
Furthermore, White House press secretary Tony Snow declared that President Bush “has confidence” in Alberto Gonzales. Uh-oh — inside the Beltway, that’s the kiss of death. Recall that the president expressed his “confidence” in former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shortly before canning his ass.
This morning the WSJ Law Blog upgraded the U.S. Attorney controversy from “an imbroglio” to “a mess.” We’re not sure that’s an upgrade exactly. But assuming it is, we will see their “mess,” and raise them a “s**tstorm.”
Gonzales: Prosecutors Firings Mishandled [Associated Press]
If It’s Gone-Zales, Then Who Should be the Next AG? [WSJ Law Blog]
Alberto Gonzales Lives To Justify Atrocities Another Day [Wonkette]

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