Alberto Gonzales: politicization of the department, even down to the intern program, decimation of career lawyers and evisceration of divisions, like civil rights. The US attorney firings and the use of political litmus tests in hiring. The use of corruption, voter suppression, and voter fraud cases to influence elections.
Gonzales was counsel to the President before becoming Attorney General. This should have meant that he moved from being the President’s lawyer to the people’s lawyer but it is clear that he continues to see his main client as the President. Some think that he is dishonest; others say he is incompetent. He is both.
On August 27, 2007, Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation as Attorney General effective September 17, 2007. On December 31, 2008, Alberto Gonzales in an interview in the Wall Street Journal declared in a burst of self-pitying narcissism “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.” Apparently his support for torture, turning the Justice Department into a political tool of the Bush Administration, and spying on Americans did not win him the respect and adulation he thought it would. How sad.