Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA):
The U.S. Inspector General may recommend criminal prosecution of departed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the conclusion of an investigation, possibly as early as next month, the fired former U.S. attorney for Western Washington told a Spokane audience (for the Federal Bar Association) Friday.[..]
(John) McKay said he was summoned to Washington, D.C., in June and questioned for eight hours about possible reasons for his firing by investigators with the Office of Inspector General, who will forward their final report to Congress.
"My best guess is it will be released sometime next month,'' and likely will include recommendations for criminal prosecutions of Gonzales and maybe others, McKay said.
Gonzales "lied about" reasons for the firings when questioned under oath in July by the Senate Judiciary Committee and now has hired a lawyer and is refusing to answer questions from the Inspector General, McKay said.[..]
It was reported last week that Gonzales has now retained a high-profile defense lawyer, and apparently is refusing to answer questions from the Inspector General, which could signify the investigation is nearly complete, McKay said.
"When it lands ... it is going to be an extremely negative report on President Bush's Justice Department,'' McKay told the packed conference room, which included federal prosecutors and judges.
Wow, Gonzo is refusing to cooperate with an investigation. Go figure. All I can say is I hope he is stupid enough to drag this out past next November. Nothing better than an election season trial to remind all voters what a corrupt bunch we've had sitting around D.C.