Alberto Gonzales' Legal and Financial Woes Mount

Friends of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have started a trust fund to collect money for his legal fees. They say as a career service employee, he doesn't have the funds to pay his mounting legal fees himself for the ongoing investigating into whether he lied to Congress or obstructed justice about the U.S. Attorney firings.

Jason at Truthout has a new article today on the evidence collected against Gonzales by the fired AUSA's.

If the DOJ's inspector general investigation concludes further investigation into possible federal crimes is warranted and refers the case to the US attorney's office for the District of Columbia to probe the matter, McKay said a special prosecutor should be appointed instead because the US attorney in DC is Gonzales's former chief of staff.

Here's more on Jeffrey Taylor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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    Perhaps Bush (1.00 / 0) (#6)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 05:45:50 PM EST
    will do the right thing and tell'em to stick their SP BS in their ear.

    Of course the operative word is:

    If the DOJ's

    And let me see.... Jason.... Jason... wasn't he the one telling us that Rove was to be indicted..

    Anyone wanna talk about Internet journalists and accuracuy????

    Assuming for the sake of argument (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Molly Bloom on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 06:50:30 PM EST
    that the DOJ concludes a crime has been committed why would

    Bush... tell(ing) 'em to stick their SP BS in their ear.
    be "the right thing"? IOKIYAR?

    Or by "the right thing" did you mean the right-wing thing?

    Again, assuming for the sake of argument that the DOJ concluded a crime was committed, wouldn't the right thing be to prosecute it?


    Duh (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by kovie on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 07:48:19 PM EST
    Because Clinton did it too--right after he had Vince Foster and Ron Brown assassinated and had the entire White House travel office waterboarded.

    Don't you get it? Whatever Bush & Co. did, it's excused because the Clintons did it too! And I haven't even mentioned Sandy Berger, not to mention Janet Reno...


    Poor Abu... (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 03:04:33 PM EST
    I hear Jackie Chiles is available.

    The University of Utah College of Law has a student organization named after Chiles, The Jackie Chiles Law Society.

    Monica Goodling (none / 0) (#4)
    by Molly Bloom on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 04:06:07 PM EST
    If  Monica Goodling was good enough for the DOJ, I don't see why she wouldn't be good enough for Alberto. There may be some conflict of interest issues, I suppose...

    History? (none / 0) (#2)
    by manys on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 03:48:29 PM EST
    Has there ever been a high-ranking government official who has died bankrupt or otherwise fallen on hard times after their term of service? Al's gonna be just fine.

    Several clarifications (none / 0) (#3)
    by kovie on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 04:03:45 PM EST
    First, he was Gonzales' (as well as Ashcroft's) counselor, not their chief of staff. Second, when he worked for the SJC under former chair Hatch, he helped draft the original Patriot Act. And third, he was recently appointed to be the permanent DC USA by Chief Judge Hogan of the DC district court, as per S.214, after having previously served as a Gonzo-appointed interim USA (his wiki entry is quite out of date as it doesn't note this last fact, nor the passage of S.214 last summer, which revoked the provision in the Patriot Act revision that allowed interim USA's to stay in that position permanently).

    He's a Bushie who has yet to be proven in his current capacity as a Bushie, since congress has so far failed to refer contempt charges to him on Miers and Bolton (among other meritorious contempt charges, e.g. for documents subpoenad but not handed over). If congress had done this prior to his having been reappointed by Hogan, and had he refused to do so (as per administration orders), it would have presented Hogan with an interesting situation. But since congress failed to follow up on these subpoenas in a timely and appropriate manner, we'll never know what might have happened.

    All thanks to Nancy and Harry. Thanks, guys.

    His woes will be for not (none / 0) (#9)
    by Saul on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 09:14:28 PM EST
    You know that the pardon by Bush has already been signed and just needs to be dated.  Gonzales is not worried. This is Bush is side kick all the way. His amigo to the end.