Lieberman on Gonzales


U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman had some tough words today for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is involved in an uproar over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Lieberman, I-Conn., said Gonzales’ case was hurt by testimony from his former chief of staff, who on Thursday contradicted Gonzales’ earlier accounts of not being involved in the decision-making about which prosecutors should be fired.


I need not labor on the details of the first three points: knowledge, experience and qualifications, judgment and personal behaviors, and nominee’s ethics. I believe that this nominee, as everyone has said, including those who are opposed the nomination, has a remarkable life story that speaks to his strength, to his balance, to his values. He has acted under pressure and gives me the confidence that he would do the same as Attorney General. He has spoken quite eloquently in his testimony before the Judiciary Committee that he understands that his first accountability as Attorney General will be to the Constitution and to the people of this country.

Remember also that this is the guy who waved through Michael Brown.


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