So *These* Are the Latest Hyped Gonzales Documents?
So, these are the documents that are supposedly going to “indict” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for a “non-crime”?
Democrats will need more than this.
This document is from the #7 Group of documents released Friday and posted at Realcities.com.
The fact is that this “shocking memo” appears to be nothing more than a calendar entry where Gonzales met to choose replacement AG’s, which is a meeting he would be at.
I will agree that Gonzales appears not to be the brightest of the pack, but I would caution all to hold out because I believe – and have a little confirmation – that there is much more to this story.
It should be noted that after the media led with headlines like this: “Documents: Gonzales OK’d firing attorneys – Attorney general had been said not to have been closely involved”…
After there was nothing to the story that Gonzales actually “ok’d the firing” the media later changed the headline to “Bush reaffirms support for embattled Gonzales”.
As Realcities.com confirmed:
The Nov. 27 meeting in Gonzales’ conference room came as Sampson was still trying to decide which federal prosecutors would be asked to step down. His final list targeted seven U.S. attorneys, who were told on Dec. 7 that they were being ousted. Another prosecutor had been asked to step down months earlier.
A Justice Department spokesman said the latest disclosures don’t contradict Gonzales’ statements that he knew little about the firings.
“This meeting concerned the roll-out of the U.S. attorney plan. The information available to us does not indicate that there was discussion at this meeting about which U.S. attorneys should or should not be on the list,” spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said.
Democrats will need more than this to take out this Bush Administration official.
Outside the Beltway has video of the Gonzales comments in question.