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Monday, August 27, 2007

NYT: Gonzales to resign

Another high ranking administration official will resign, according to The New York Times. This time it's Alberto "Abu" Gonzales, the much-maligned Attorney General who politicized the Justice Department in an unprecedented manner:
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington.

Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation, submitted his to President Bush by telephone on Friday, the official said. His decision was not immediately announced, the official added, until after the president invited him and his wife to lunch at his ranch near here.

Mr. Bush has not yet chosen a replacement but will not leave the position open long, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the resignation had not yet been made public.
The first thing that comes to mind is the possibility of a recess appointment, as this Daily Kos diary discusses. We'll have to see what the odds are that such a thing could come to pass.

George W. Bush is scheduled to be in Bellevue today in an attempt to shore up the finances of incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, WA-08.

Not sure how close the traditional media will be able to get, but I'm sure they'll try to ask Bush about all this.

The second thing that comes to mind is good riddance to bad rubbish. Alberto Gonzales had no businesses holding any kind of power, let alone the reigns of the most powerful law enforcement ministry in the world.

We badly need to restore our Constitution, and getting these people out of the government, however slowly, is a first step.

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