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RESIGNATION OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:36 pm    Post subject: RESIGNATION OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 27, 2007



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Press Office 202-224-2243 or press_office@clinton.senate.gov

STATEMENT OF SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ON THE RESIGNATION OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES

WASHINGTON, DC - This resignation is long overdue, and so is the appointment of an Attorney General who will put the rule of law and our Constitution above partisan politics.



Attorney General Alberto Gonzales took an oath to uphold our Constitution and respect the rule of law, but time and time again, he demonstrated that his loyalties lie with the President and his political agenda, not the American people or the evenhanded and impartial enforcement of our laws. In his actions and inaction, from warantless wiretaps to the firing of U.S. Attorneys, his loyalty was to the President, not the American people.



The Departmentís hardworking lawyers, law enforcement officers, and staff are trusted to defend our Constitution, not one Administration or political party. That trust is central to the sanctity of the rule of law and the vitality of our democracy. Because he betrayed his obligations and the trust of the American people, I welcome todayís announcement that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned his post as Attorney General of the United States.

My hope is that the President will select a new Attorney General who will respect the rule of law and abandon partisanship, who will serve the American people and not the Presidentís political ideology, and who will answer to the Constitution and not political operatives. It is past time to clean up this mess and restore non-partisan accountability and competence to the Department of Justice.



The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is one more reminder that the President must appoint someone to lead the Department of Justice with the leadership and competence necessary to defend the Constitution.
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