Gonzales Defends His Right to Fire

Today, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended his decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys, despite claiming not to be involved in their review process, in a hearing by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill.

President Bush's former ally and former counsel, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. said that the Bush administration should stop "hiding the facts" behind its decisions to fire the attorneys. He also said that Gonzales tried to get away with sanctioning torture of terror detainees, and that he will not get away with trying to make U.S. attorneys a "political arm" of the administration. READ MORE

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"I would have asked him if his loyalty to George Bush is worth his career to cover up yet another spiteful action by this administration." — Stan

"I would not ask him anything because Gonzales shouldn't even be involved in a hearing. Those eight U.S. attorneys served at the pleasure of the president. They can be fired at any time for any reason or for no reason." — Paul (Grand Rapids, MI)

"I would ask Gonzales why these eight attorneys were kept so long and not fired sooner?" — Al (Illinois)

"My questions for Gonzales is, 'How long has the practice been in place whereby federal prosecutors serve at the pleasure of the president? How many federal prosecutors have been replaced previously and with what level of congressional pre-discovery? What makes these firings different? What on Earth do you think the Congress ought to really be doing today?" — Joe (Elk Grove Village, IL)

"I would like to ask Mr. Gonzales how he is able to maintain his, for the most part, civil demeanor in the face of such partisan attacks upon his character." — Kurt (Westerville, OH)

"Sir, did you or did you not accept the position of Attorney General knowing that it was a supervisory position and that the ultimate responsibility for success or failure rested on your decision making ability? Why, if you say you say you had little to do with the decision making, did you not use due diligence in verifying the facts for replacing or dismissing the individuals?" — Charles

"What was the difference in your firing of eight prosecutors verse the firing by President Clinton of dozens of prosecutors? And why are you not questioning the senators about their inconsistency of their supposed outrage when they said nothing?" — Clifton

"In your opinion, how does what you did in firing U.S. attorneys compare with the mass pardoning of convicted felons? And which do you think would cause the most harm to the American public?" — Jeff

"Why are you here? Why are we wasting taxpayers' time and money to ask you inane and irrelevant questions?" — S.F. (Simi Valley, CA)

"I have only two questions for Gonzales: In the case of each fired prosecutor, what cases should have been prosecuted and were not? In the case of each fired prosecutor, what cases were prosecuted and should not have been prosecuted?" — Denny

"I wouldn't ask him anything. I'd tell him to continue to do his job within the boundaries set forth by his boss. This issue is way over blow." — Craig (Huntington Beach, CA)

"No question for the attorney general. Just thanks for replacing groups of prosecutors; let's replace some more." — Michael

"I would ask him why he didn't you fire them sooner." &#!51; Mike (Houston, TX)

"I would ask him if the people who were fired might have disagreed with him about arresting our border agents and putting them in prison while Mexican drug dealers get amnesty and free passage into the U. S. right if front of law enforcement. I would ask him why illegal aliens can be arrested six times or more and set free. I would ask him if he would be willing to go to prison to protect a drug dealer." — Jim

"Why are you lying? Do you plan to continue lying in the future?" — Carl

"Do you feel that the Senators are racist and are attacking you because your last name is Gonzales?" — Rick (Escondido, CA)

"I'd first make a statement — I would compliment Gonzales on a job well-done and ask him to remain vigilant in his efforts to protect us against terrorism. I'd then ask him — Can I buy you lunch as a token of appreciation?" — Jack (Atlanta, GA)

"Why did Gonzales not pressure Bush on explaining to us why he invaded Iraq?" — Hunter

"It is my understanding these people serve at the pleasure of the President. Why is Congress trying to again usurp powers they cannot constitutionally obtain?" — J.D. (Crestview, FL)

"Why don't you stand your ground? You did nothing wrong!" — Lois (Virginia)

"Mr. Gonzales, if these attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, what does it matter why they were fired? Do they have some sort of tenure or lifetime appointment status that would make this a problem? If not, why are we even having this discussion aside from blatant political harassment and unconstitutional intrusion into the executive branch powers?" — Gregory

"Since the attorney's serve at the pleasure of the President, was there any time that President Bush was told of these impending firings and did he instruct you personally to fire these Attorney's, or was this a decision that the President was never informed about?" — Wayne (Mokena, Il)

"I wouldn't ask Mr. Gonzales anything, but I would have a lot questions for the Senators … like why do you find it necessary to embark on these witch hunts." — Geri

"I would just like to say to Mr. Gonzales that I think his decision was correct and that he is a fair and honorable man. I 'd like to know where he gets the patience to not reply to those senators questioning him." — Dennis (Melville, NY)

"I would ask Gonzales how he can keep his composure and not tell certain members of Congress to go jump in the lake." — Gill (Catahoula, LA)

"The question that I would ask is if Mr. Gonzales understands the importance of people to know that politics was not involved. This sense of trust underpins our justice system or for that matter Democracy. While Mr. Gonzales and/or the President have the right to fire U.S. attorneys doing so in the middle of a term sends the wrong message and undermines the sense of trust in the system." — Mark (Minnesota)

"I would ask him if he knows why all previous replaced U.S. attorneys were replaced, did he know his credibility is being weighed against unreliable public polls, and is a public political career worth being rudely badgered by greedy, power-hungry politicians who want what is best for themselves, not for America." — DH

"Your story has changed several times since the firings. How can the citizens of the United States have confidence in what you say? Since you are the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. people must be able to trust you." — Ibe

"I would ask: Are these positions political appointments from the executive office? Do these Attorneys serve at the President's will? Does any citizen of the United States have the right to fire an attorney he or she can't work well with? Did these firings come from the executive branch (as did the appointments)? He would answer yes to all of theses questions, which would lead me to ask the Senate where is the problem here? It is an executive matter not a legislative one." — Katherine (Blissfield, MI)

"Mr. Gonzales, you fired almost 10 percent of the prosecutors. What kind of a firestorm would you generate if you fired 25-50 percent of them? What if you fired all of them? Who do you think you are? Bill Clinton?" — Al

"I would ask, 'If it not clear to you that you have irretrievably lost the confidence of the legislative branch of government, a good deal of the executive branch, and a very significant portion of the people?'" — Charles

"I would ask him why he has not asked these partisan Senators why they did not raise this issue when Clinton fired all of the U.S. attorneys at one time — for purely political reasons?" — John

"Mr. Attorney General, in your opinion, are these proceedings a waist of taxpayers money and please explain your position on why you are here today?" — Buddy (Birmingham, AL)

"Mr. Gonzales, please explain why President Clinton was able to summarily fire more than 90 U.S. attorneys when he took office in 1993 without anyone questioning his decision, and why you are being held to a totally different standard? Don't these attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President and are hired and fired at his discretion?" — Russell (Los Alamos, NM)

"Why do you think the Democratic-controlled Congress cares so much about you firing eight attorneys, who serve totally at your will, when the Democrats did not say a word when President Clinton fired over 90 attorneys during his tenure as President?" — Bill

"I'd ask him why he didn't fire Johnny Sutton, too." — Rhonda

" Why are you wasting your time defending a decision that is yours to make?" — Bill (Montrose, CO)

"If I could ask Gonzales one question, it would be this: Why did you even bother to show up today? These grandstanding Democrat senators are only trying to make names for themselves in trying to poke their noses into business where it doesn't belong." — Bert