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New Revelations About Alberto Gonzales - It's Not Just The Torture, It Could Be Perjury, Too

Reported by Ellen - January 25, 2005

In the last hour of his radio show (midnight - 1AM 1/25/05 ET) Alan Colmes discussed the latest reasons why Alberto Gonzales should not be the next US Attorney General. According to a story in Newsweek it seems quite likely that Gonzales may have lied to the Senate about his role in arranging to have George Bush excused from jury duty and the embarrassment of having to answer questions about his drunk driving record.

In the article, a Texas judge recalls Gonzales arguing to keep Bush off the jury for a drunk driving case by making the "novel" argument that Bush might have a conflict of interest because he might later be in a position to pardon the defendant. The judge told Newsweek he thought it "highly unlikely" the defendant, a stripper accused of drunk driving, would be petitioning then-Governor Bush for a pardon but he excused Bush from service out of deference to his position. Gonzales insisted in his testimony to the Senate that he did not make this request. Had Bush served, he likely would have been asked whether he had ever faced drunk driving charges - a standard question for potential jurors in these cases.

Comment: Gonzales' role in condoning torture of prisoners should have been reason enough to disqualify him for the job of US Attorney General, the top law enforcer in the country. And let's not forget that it was Gonzales who failed to properly vet Bernard Kerik as a candidate for head of Homeland Security. How many slimy, illegal acts does someone have to make before the Democrats are willing to vote against him?

Contact the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to let them know that the US Attorney General should uphold, respect and honor our laws, not working to circumvent them.

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