| With the recent resignation of Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, statements and releases are circulating en masse right now. John Cornyn would have you believe that this embattled Republican operative has done nothing wrong.
His resignation marks another casualty of the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington that does not serve the best interests of the American People.
Despite countless hearings and subpoenaed documents, it's clear that the Attorney General did not interfere with ongoing investigations and prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys. Rather, his mistake was underestimating the ferocity of relentless partisan attacks and not preparing more to address them. Perhaps because their attention was distracted by 300 other investigations already launched by the Democratic majority, the Justice Department did a very poor job in responding to these spurious charges.
Since taking power over 200 days ago, Democrats have opened more than 300 investigations and held more than 600 oversight hearings, while their other notable accomplishment is renaming 20 post offices.
The American people deserve and demand bipartisan action on the many important issues facing our country today. It is my hope that the poisonous and partisan atmosphere that has surrounded this Congress will be lifted and my Democratic colleagues will work with Republicans in the best interests of the American people.
Well said Junior Senator Cornyn. Now it is time to face some facts. Alberto Gonzales created a partisan Department of Justice and then lied about it. People don’t resign from a job that they are doing well.
Alberto Gonzales, along with Cornyn and Bush, created an illegal and warrantless wiretapping program that is bogging down our courts. In 2006, this issue was a big enough deal to the American people that they voted overwhelmingly Democratic and gave both chambers of Congress over to the Democratic Party. Not only were people so irate about the program, Gonzales was being investigated by both Republicans and Democrats because he likely perjured himself during the Congressional investigations mentioned above.
Gonzales served more than two years as attorney general with lawmakers from both parties constantly questioning Gonzales truthfulness and pocking holes in his combative and evasive testimony to Congress. Mr. Cornyn, your allusive and dismissive attitude is wrong and it needs to go!
Lt. Col. Rick Noriega put it bluntly, “It’s about time. Our country’s interest should come first. This appears to be a political decision. Hopefully this can put an end to the politicization of the Justice Department.”
It is hard to be surprised that Cornyn would mislead the country and his constituents. He constantly refuses to answer questions on political shows like This Week or in Town Halls. Instead, the Junior Senator uses partisan, flamethrower language in order to divert our focus from a Bush crony resigning to blaming a Democratic majority for finding the problem. As a Democrat, I am proud we won the majority back and I am even prouder to say Alberto Gonzales has resigned because he lied to Congress and the American people. It is sad that you do not agree with that Mr. Cornyn.
Mikal Watts, stated, “John Cornyn’s loss is America’s gain. His strong support of the Attorney General only delayed the inevitable, but now the rest of the nation can move on to the task of restoring balance and integrity in our top judicial office.”
Now we are at a cross roads of cronyism. The rumor swirling is that Bush will replace Gonzales with failed Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. In an e-mail that just recently went out from the Edwards Campaign, Joe Trippi wrote this:
That's right—Bush may actually replace the man who brought us a political purge of U.S. Attorneys and illegal spying on Americans with the man who brought us the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
It is time to do what is right for America and not the Republican base. The two seem to be mutually exclusive, but our Republican elected officials only want to govern the radical right. That is unacceptable and it is time for Cornyn and Bush to realize that they must represent all of us, not just the percentage that voted for them.