Now it has become patently obvious Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been mentored by John Mitchell, Richard Nixon's attorney general who was convicted of various felonies relating to Watergate.
Last week, Gonzales contradicted himself—and other previous testimonies—and committed perjury during last week's testimony about attempts in 2004 to force a hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft to certify President George Bush's eavesdropping program. After repeated calls for the President to dump Gonzales, The New York Times says Congress must remove the cancer at the Justice Department:
As far as we can tell, there are three possible explanations for Mr. Gonzales’s talk about a dispute over other — unspecified — intelligence activities. One, he lied to Congress. Two, he used a bureaucratic dodge to mislead lawmakers and the public: the spying program was modified after Mr. Ashcroft refused to endorse it, which made it “different” from the one Mr. Bush has acknowledged. The third is that there was more wiretapping than has been disclosed, perhaps even purely domestic wiretapping, and Mr. Gonzales is helping Mr. Bush cover it up.
Democratic lawmakers are asking for a special prosecutor to look into Mr. Gonzales’s words and deeds. Solicitor General Paul Clement has a last chance to show that the Justice Department is still minimally functional by fulfilling that request.
If that does not happen, Congress should impeach Mr. Gonzales.
Here's another key indicator of Gonzales' radioactivity: On Sunday, "White House officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee" refused to appear on Fox News Sunday to defend Gonzales. “We had no takers,” said host Chris Wallace. Video at Think Progress.
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