During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held â€” President Bushâ€™s in-house lawyer â€” and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer and a key defender of the Constitution. Two years later, it is obvious Mr. Gonzales does not have a clue about the difference.
He has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bushâ€™s imperial presidency. If anyone, outside Mr. Bushâ€™s rapidly shrinking circle of enablers, still had doubts about that, the events of last week should have erased them.
Be sure to read the whole thing. And speaking of abuse of power — Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor write for McClatchy Newspapers —
Presidential advisor Karl Rove and at least one other member of the White House political team were urged by the New Mexico Republican party chairman to fire the state’s U.S. attorney because of dissatisfaction in part with his failure to indict Democrats in a voter fraud investigation in the battleground election state.
In an interview Saturday with McClatchy Newspapers, Allen Weh, the party chairman, said he complained in 2005 about then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to a White House liaison who worked for Rove and asked that he be removed. Weh said he followed up with Rove personally in late 2006 during a visit to the White House.
“Is anything ever going to happen to that guy?” Weh said he asked Rove at a White House holiday event that month.
“He’s gone,” Rove said, according to Weh.
“I probably said something close to ‘Hallelujah,'” said Weh.
If Gonzales is Tom Hagen, is Rove Pete Clemenza? Or Luca Brasi?