Alberto Speaks

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Gonzo: I've made a point as AG to personally meet as many of them as possible.

But can he remember....Oh, never mind...And Cornyn is a major league hack..On CNN he was crying for Gonzo. Poor Alberto, he was never proved to have been a bad little Bushie. He just didn't have enough experience to get through a hearing...or something to that effect.

Jane Hamsher:

And the unchallenged notion that hacks like Cornyn are putting forward — that it was never “proven” that Gonzales did anything wrong — just defy credulity. Gonzales lied outright before Congress, and his story was contradicted by Pelosi, Daschle, Harman and Rockefeller. The revisionist history involved here is pretty gobsmacking.

UPDATE: Here's Cornyn via CNN. No video neccessary: 

SEN. JOHN CORNYN, (R) TEXAS: Well, I think it's a sad day and it's a commentary -- a sad commentary on the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, D.C. where a good man and somebody who's the highest level Hispanic who's ever served in government resigned for basically unproven charges of politicization of the Justice Department. There's absolutely no evidence after all of the hearings that we've had that any U.S. attorney was terminated in an effort to interfere with a prosecution or an investigation. (full transcript below the fold)

And I think ultimately it was the drip, drip, drip that caused him to -- finally wore him down. And I think this is perhaps a day when Senator Schumer, head of the Democratic senatorial campaign committee, is exulting. But I think it's a sad day for the country.

KEILAR: Now you said about a week ago in the "Austin American Statesman" that you thought that when -- if the correct conclusion was reached that Al were to leave, there would be even more chaos when a new successor attorney general would be nominated. And that nominee would be a political football during the confirmation process and in the end the clock would probably run out for Bush's term. Now that this hypothetical has become a reality, what do you think about -- is that exactly what you're predicting?


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CORNYN: That's exactly what I'm predicting. This Congress has sunk to one of the lowest approval ratings in recent American history. And I think the reason is because people feel like it's not working. It's become too partisan. Too much focus on the next election and not enough focus on getting the job done for the American people. And I think this hounding of Al Gonzales from office is symptomatic of that underlying, chronic problem. And so I do think this is not going to bring peace. This will bring more chaos.

KEILAR: SO let's talk about that because some people have predicted that if the number one name that's being floated for his replacement, Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that while he's been in the trenches, he also is a very controversial figure. How do you think that would go from your viewpoint there in Congress?

CORNYN: I like Michael Chertoff and I think he's done a good job at the positions he has served in, in the past. Frankly, I don't know why he would want it. Sixteen months of being used -- we've used the analogy of a political football. You can think of the tumultuous confirmation process, how the new majority, the Democratic majority, Senator Schumer and others, will use this as a way to continue to try to bash the Bush administration. And I think it's not going to lead to the kind of peace that some have predicted. It's going to lead to more controversy, more partisan posturing, and I think that's a bad thing.

KEILAR: So you've talked about the political nature, pointing a finger at the Democrats, and then some critics have also said -- but some critics have said that Alberto Gonzales never really was the people's lawyer. That really he was President Bush's lawyer. Do those people have an accurate point?

CORNYN: Well, I've known Al Gonzales for a long time and he's a good man. I think he was thrust into a very difficult job in a time in our history when politics seemed to reign supreme and not enough people are thinking about what's in the long-term best interests of our country. That's just my opinion.

And I think he found it to be a very difficult environment in which to get his sea legs. I think if he had had a chance to stay on perhaps in a environment that was less partisan, less political, that he would have been able to adjust to the job better. But clearly trying to deal with this environment -- the political nature of the hearings, the accusations without foundation with regard to the reasons for terminating U.S. attorneys, all of that I think was a little bit disorienting for him, as it probably would be for most people. And that's why I think this is not a high water mark for the Congress or for Washington, D.C.

KEILAR: All right, Senator Cornyn, thanks so much for making time to speak with us. We appreciate it.

CORNYN: Thank you very much.

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