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The Justice Department says it has decided not to charge former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or other Bush administration officials in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys, according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Alberto Gonzales: Sotomayor's appointment gives hopeupdated: Tue May 26 2009 19:06:00

With President Obama's nomination Tuesday, a federal appellate judge could become the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice and the third woman to serve on the high court.

Commentary: Gonzales got an unfair rapupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 11:58:00

Last week, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was a guest on CNN's "Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull."

Gonzales lauds 'tremendous job' by his Justice Departmentupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 19:51:00

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke to CNN's Campbell Brown on Tuesday about his record at the Justice Department, including the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, allegedly for political reasons. Here are excerpts of the interview:

Special prosecutor to investigate firings of U.S. attorneysupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 19:34:00

A special prosecutor will conduct an independent investigation into the conduct of Justice Department officials involved in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced Monday.

Report: Ex-AG won't be charged for mishandling secret papersupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 19:42:00

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales mishandled highly classified information on two of the nation's most sensitive terrorism programs, but he will not be prosecuted, the Justice Department inspector general said Tuesday.

No crimes committed during Justice hirings, Mukasey saysupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 14:25:00

Justice Department officials committed no crime by letting improper political considerations drive hirings of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday, speaking to the American Bar Association.

Gonzales aides politicized hirings, investigators findupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 19:12:00

Aides to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales improperly considered political affiliations and ideologies in hiring, but Gonzales was unaware of those actions, according to results of an investigation released Monday by the Justice Department internal watchdog.

Sources: Former judge will seek to replace Alberto Gonzalesupdated: Sun Sep 16 2007 21:45:00

Former federal judge Michael Mukasey has accepted President Bush's offer to replace Alberto Gonzales as U.S. attorney general, two government sources familiar with the president's selection said Sunday.

Sources: Retired judge may replace Gonzalesupdated: Sat Sep 15 2007 18:50:00

A retired federal judge is a leading candidate to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose last day on the job was Friday, two sources familiar with the search for a successor told CNN on Saturday.

Gonzales receives praise, standing ovations at farewell ceremonyupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 21:29:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales received an emotional and staunchly supportive send-off in the final hour of his last day on the job at the Justice Department on Friday.

Gonzales says goodbyeupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 21:29:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says goodbye at the Justice Department and adds that the job and the people were an inspiration.

Gonzales' rocky term coming to the end of the roadupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 10:37:00

Alberto Gonzales will say goodbye to Justice Department colleagues on Friday, ending his tumultuous term as the nation's attorney general.

Gonzales' testimony before Senate panel probedupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 04:16:00

The Justice Department inspector general said Thursday he is looking into whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may have intentionally misled Congress in sworn testimony.

Pundits ponder AG replacementupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 00:02:00

Pundits ponder AG replacement

Even some Republicans happy about Gonzales resignationupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 02:55:00

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers Monday urged President Bush to nominate a replacement for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who can restore confidence in the Justice Department.

Gonzales announces resignationupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 22:45:00

Gonzales announces resignation

Bush gives in, Gonzales goesupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 21:58:00

Bush gives in, Gonzales goes

Bush: Gonzales' 'good name dragged through the mud'updated: Mon Aug 27 2007 21:51:00

President Bush on Monday said he reluctantly accepted the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose "good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons." Why Gonzales Finally Cavedupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 14:00:00

The departure of Karl Rove, a key defender, may have had something to do with it. That and the August doldrums Attorney General Gonzales Resignsupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 09:00:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, ending a months-long standoff with critics who called for his ouster

Gonzales has been loyal voice for administration updated: Sun Aug 26 2007 21:04:00

President Bush has placed a lot of faith in Alberto Gonzales over the last 12 years. Arlen Specter's Careful Dissentupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 14:00:00

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has become a thorn in the Administration's side over Attorney General Gonzales. But is he more bark than bite? Why Bush Won't Ax Gonzales updated: Thu Aug 02 2007 02:00:00

Many cite the Attorney General's friendship with the President. But there are more practical reasons why Bush needs the embattled cabinet member

Gonzales an issue in surveillance law upgradeupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 01:12:00

White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders are still trying to work out differences to modernize the law on monitoring communications between suspected terrorists.

Gonzales to senators: 'I may have created confusion'updated: Thu Aug 02 2007 00:01:00

With potential perjury accusations hanging over him, embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sent a letter to Senate leaders Wednesday acknowledging he "may have created confusion" in his previous testimony.

Gonzales calls it confusion; Specter calls it 'misleading'updated: Wed Aug 01 2007 22:27:00

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he's not satisfied with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' attempt to clarify his testimony about no-warrant surveillance.

Cheney on Gonzalesupdated: Wed Aug 01 2007 06:17:00

Cheney on Gonzales

A matter of distinctionupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 07:53:00

A matter of distinction

Spy chief: Anti-terrorist programs more extensive than acknowledgedupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 07:53:00

The Bush administration's anti-terrorist surveillance efforts are more extensive than top officials have acknowledged, going beyond the controversial no-warrant eavesdropping program, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday.

Former U.S. official: Gonzales 'splitting hairs' in testimonyupdated: Mon Jul 30 2007 04:17:00

A dispute within the Bush administration in 2004 over a secret surveillance program centered on data mining, not eavesdropping, a former government official told CNN Sunday.

FBI chief's wiretap concernsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 08:31:00

FBI chief's wiretap concerns

FBI director appears to contradict Gonzales' testimonyupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 08:31:00

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress Thursday that the confrontation between then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in Ashcroft's hospital room in 2004 concerned a controversial surveillance program -- an apparent contradiction of Senate testimony given Tuesday by Gonzales.

Snow: Congress creating 'controversies' over Gonzalesupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 03:08:00

The White House and Justice Department say what looks like a contradiction between testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller is nothing more than a confusion of terms.

Gonzales aides deny he misled Congressupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 05:18:00

Aides to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday rejected published assertions that Gonzales misled a congressional committee when he testified more than two years ago that he was unaware of FBI wrongdoing in terrorism investigations. Gonzales Digs a Deeper Holeupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 17:00:00

The Attorney General introduces new questions, and shows shrinking powers of recall, in discussing his visit to Ashcroft

Gonzales says he's keeping his post, wants to 'fix problems'updated: Tue Jul 24 2007 06:28:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he is opposed to politics in Justice Department decision-making and plans to stay in his post to "fix the problems," according to testimony prepared for Congress.

'I want to fix the problem'updated: Tue Jul 24 2007 01:32:00

'I want to fix the problem'

White House defies congressional subpoenasupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 16:26:00

President Bush on Thursday refused to comply with subpoenas sent by House and Senate committees requesting documents about the firing of several U.S. attorneys last year. Little Confidence in Gonzales Vote updated: Thu Jun 14 2007 02:50:00

The Attorney General didn't lose Congress' vote, but that doesn't mean he won much either Dems Push Monday Vote on Gonzalesupdated: Mon Jun 11 2007 17:05:00

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday he will vote for a no-confidence resolution against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Deputy AG 'not fully candid,' ex-Justice aide testifiesupdated: Wed May 23 2007 10:03:00

A former Justice Department official said Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty was "not fully candid" about the 2006 firings of U.S. attorneys and described an "uncomfortable" conversation with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the shake-up.

Specter: 'No confidence' vote will make Gonzales quitupdated: Sun May 20 2007 18:48:00

A leading Republican senator predicted Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would quit before facing a "substantial" no-confidence vote, but the White House said such a vote would have no effect on the Justice Department chief.

Top Republican thinks Gonzales will resignupdated: Thu May 17 2007 13:00:00

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that he expects the investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors will lead to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation.

GOP's Hagel joins calls for Gonzales' resignationupdated: Wed May 16 2007 22:28:00

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska joined calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign Wednesday, while Democrats questioned whether Gonzales had misled a Senate committee about the administration's no-warrant eavesdropping.

Gonzales says he relied on his deputy on firingsupdated: Tue May 15 2007 12:04:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he relied on his outgoing deputy to determine which federal prosecutors should be fired last year.

No. 2 official at Justice Department resigns updated: Mon May 14 2007 17:41:00

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, submitted his resignation to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department announced Monday.

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Senator subpoenas Rove's e-mails in attorney firings caseupdated: Wed May 02 2007 16:36:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman issued a subpoena Wednesday to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in an attempt to get e-mails that President Bush's top political adviser sent regarding last year's firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

Former Gonzales aide gets immunity updated: Wed Apr 25 2007 16:53:00

A House panel granted immunity Wednesday to a former Justice Department aide in its probe of the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, while senators authorized a subpoena for the White House's political director.

Administration officials say Gonzales should step downupdated: Fri Apr 20 2007 09:39:00

Several administration officials and the House Republican Conference chairman said Friday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should step down, following the harsh response to his Senate testimony on last year's firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

White House insiders: Gonzales hurt himself before panelupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 06:44:00

White House insiders tell CNN that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales hurt himself during testimony before a Senate committee Thursday on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Navarrette: Will Gonzales get a fair hearing?updated: Thu Apr 19 2007 06:36:00

Details, details. The critics of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are absolutely sure of his guilt in the matter of the fired U.S. attorneys. They're just not sure what he's guilty of.

Gonzales to face tough questions on attorney firingsupdated: Wed Apr 18 2007 14:28:00

In what some lawmakers call a make-or-break session, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is expected to face a grilling Thursday testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys last year.

Specter: Gonzales to face 'serious questions' on firingsupdated: Sun Apr 15 2007 12:30:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican warned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to avoid generalizations and "deal with the facts," two days before Gonzales is expected to answer questions about the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.

House committee subpoenas Gonzales documentsupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 17:57:00

Stepping up pressure on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Tuesday demanding additional Justice Department documents relating to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Counselor to Gonzales abruptly resignsupdated: Fri Apr 06 2007 17:03:00

Justice Department official Monica Goodling resigned her position as counselor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Friday afternoon.

Gonzales prepping for potential make-or-break testimonyupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 14:35:00

As part of intensive preparations for coming congressional questioning concerning the eight fired U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales next week will take part in mock question-and-answer sessions that could include outside legal advisers, Justice Department officials said Thursday.

Ex-aide contradicts Gonzales on attorney firingsupdated: Thu Mar 29 2007 06:40:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was wrong when he said he was not involved in discussions about the firings of U.S. attorneys, his former top aide testified Thursday.

Commentary: Gonzales must show his handupdated: Mon Mar 26 2007 09:22:00

Last week, I tried to defend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against an assembling mob that, when it comes to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, is long on animosity but short on facts.

Document: Gonzales attended meeting on attorney firingsupdated: Sat Mar 24 2007 01:00:00

A newly released document shows Attorney General Alberto Gonzales attended at least one meeting late last year in which the process of firing U.S. attorneys was discussed.

Commentary: Gonzales' persecutors blinded by rageupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 10:31:00

In the flap over the ousted U.S. attorneys, Alberto Gonzales has been hoisted up as a political piñata.

GOP source: Gonzales 'made no friends with Republicans' updated: Tue Mar 20 2007 16:46:00

Senate Republican leaders said in a meeting Tuesday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales "bungled" the response to criticism of seven fired U.S. attorneys but that he should not be dismissed, according to two Republican sources at the meeting.

Loyalty to Bush may not be enough to save Gonzalesupdated: Fri Mar 16 2007 18:14:00

In the midst of a mushrooming controversy over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, the question of whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can hang on to his job is now front and center in Washington -- creating a possibly thorny dilemma for his boss, President Bush.

Rove, Gonzales discussed firings, e-mails showupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 19:07:00

Newly revealed White House e-mails show President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, and then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales were involved in discussions of a shakeup of U.S. attorneys before Gonzales became attorney general.

Sen. Pryor: Attorney general lied to Senateupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 08:19:00

Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor bluntly accused Attorney General Alberto Gonzales of lying to the Senate about replacing federal prosecutors with interim appointees and joined calls for Gonzales' resignation Thursday.

Gonzales a loyal advocate for Bush administrationupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 16:37:00

President Bush has placed a lot of faith in Alberto Gonzales over the last 12 years.

Your e-mails: U.S. attorney firingsupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 12:13:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales conceded Wednesday that mistakes were made in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and that he should have been more involved in the process.

GOP senator calls for Gonzales' headupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 07:01:00

The focus in the controversy over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys is turning increasingly to Alberto Gonzales' future as attorney general.

Fired attorneys say apologies are in orderupdated: Tue Mar 13 2007 19:25:00

One of eight U.S. attorneys fired in a controversial Justice Department shakeup said Tuesday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should rethink the dismissals, and two others said apologies were due.

Gonzales explanation of firings called 'sorry excuse'updated: Tue Mar 13 2007 12:11:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday "mistakes were made" regarding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and he accepts responsibility for the ordeal.

Administration to let court monitor domestic spyingupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 15:00:00

Reversing a position it defended for more than a year, the Bush administration announced Wednesday that it has begun getting court approval before eavesdropping on the communications of suspected terrorists or their associates.

Gonzales vows federal aid to fight New Orleans crimeupdated: Tue Aug 22 2006 02:19:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is promising federal help to police battling increasing crime in New Orleans.

Gonzales: Gitmo ruling 'hampered' war on terrorupdated: Sat Jul 01 2006 09:25:00

The Supreme Court decision that ruled against the Bush administration's plan to try suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay prison has "hampered our ability" to deal with terrorists, the U.S. attorney general said Saturday.

Source: Theft of vets' data kept secret for 19 daysupdated: Tue May 23 2006 09:12:00

Authorities waited almost three weeks to alert the public that personal data on more than 26 million U.S. veterans had fallen into the hands of thieves, a government source said Tuesday.

Gonzales gives child porn 'wake-up call'updated: Thu Apr 20 2006 15:34:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Thursday issued what he termed a "wake-up call" to the growing problems of pedophiles prowling the Internet and online images of sexual abuse of children.

The Nixon-Bush doctrineupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 15:45:00

Presidents, in wartime, tend to think they're above the law; commanders-in-chief who rule absolutely.

In defense of eavesdroppingupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 13:54:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sipped water, read from bread-box sized law books and generally kept his cool through a barrage of questions Monday as Senators from both parties tried to corner him on the limits of presidential wartime powers. It was the first real public debate in Congress since 9/11 about presidential authority in times of war, and so while the hearing was ostensibly about the President's secret warrantless wiretapping program, the most exercised debate was about how far the Commander in Chief's powers could be taken without judicial oversight.

Senators challenge Gonzales on spyingupdated: Mon Feb 06 2006 09:30:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended the Bush administration's controversial domestic eavesdropping program before a skeptical Senate committee Monday, with the panel's Republican chairman suggesting it be reviewed by a court.

Gonzales to face grilling on spy programupdated: Sun Feb 05 2006 12:26:00

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is poised to defend President Bush's controversial domestic spying program Monday when he testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the program.

Gonzales defends wiretaps amid protestupdated: Tue Jan 24 2006 07:55:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had trouble tapping into a group of hooded protesters at Georgetown Law School in Washington on Tuesday.

Gonzales defends NSA, rejects call for prosecutorupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 02:07:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales once again Monday defended the legality of a controversial surveillance program by the National Security Agency, calling it a "very targeted and limited" operation that has helped thwart terrorist attacks in the United States.

Gonzales to testify on domestic spyingupdated: Fri Jan 13 2006 13:39:00

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday that he will testify in a Senate hearing on the National Security Agency's recently revealed domestic eavesdropping program.

Courts told to be nicer to immigrantsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2006 20:05:00

Saying judges have been "intemperate or even abusive," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday ordered a review of immigration courts and insisted that they improve their treatment of immigrants.

Gonzales: Speed an issue in secretive wiretaps updated: Mon Dec 19 2005 11:33:00

Since 2001, the National Security Agency has been given the power to conduct wiretaps within the United States without first getting a court-issued warrant. President Bush has been criticized for ordering the practice, which he says is necessary for the war on terror.

10 questions for Alberto Gonzalesupdated: Mon Oct 03 2005 18:36:00

George W. Bush doesn't like having Alberto Gonzales too far from his side. In 2001, Bush tapped the Texas judge for White House counsel and in 2004 for Attorney General -- both leading roles in the war on terror.

U.S. to fight Pledge of Allegiance rulingupdated: Fri Sep 16 2005 06:53:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Thursday that the Justice Department will fight to overturn a federal court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance can't be recited in public schools because it contains a reference to God.

Meth sweep nets 427 suspectsupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 19:02:00

More than 400 suspected producers and distributors of methamphetamine are in custody after DEA-led task forces fanned out in about 200 U.S. towns and cities in an operation aimed at denting the growing scourge of meth abuse, officials announced Tuesday.

Gonzales open to Patriot Act revisionsupdated: Sun Jul 24 2005 15:28:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday the door is open for "some amendments, some clarifications" in the Patriot Act, citing as an example the so-called "library provision."

Supreme Court politicsupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 20:11:00

Conservatives who have spent more than a decade planning for this moment to change the balance of power on the Supreme Court are reeling from blows delivered by two dissimilar political leaders: Edward M. Kennedy and George W. Bush.

New rules to crack down on child pornographyupdated: Tue May 17 2005 13:50:00

Producers of sexually explicit material must be able to prove the subjects depicted in their photographs and films are adults, according to new government regulations approved Tuesday by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Gonzales: Al Qaeda a homeland threatupdated: Tue May 03 2005 20:42:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has dismissed recent media reports in which some government officials said the al Qaeda threat to the United States has diminished and that the terror group is focusing mostly overseas.

Gonzales: CIA leak probe moving forwardupdated: Fri Apr 15 2005 08:54:00

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday he believes the investigation into who leaked the name of a CIA operative nearly two years ago is moving forward appropriately.

Dragnet nabs 10,000 fugitivesupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 10:04:00

More than 10,000 fugitives from justice have been captured in a nationwide, weeklong dragnet involving federal, state and local authorities, said the U.S. Marshals Service, which led the effort.

Attorney general defends Patriot Actupdated: Tue Apr 05 2005 19:11:00

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he is "open to suggestions" on changing the USA Patriot Act but would oppose any change that reined in the law enforcement powers approved after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Gonzales faces tough questions at hearingupdated: Thu Jan 06 2005 08:35:00

Alberto Gonzales, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, faced tough questions Thursday from Senate Judiciary Committee members at a hearing focusing on the administration's position on the treatment of prisoners in Iraq and the war on terror.

Gonzales vows to abide by treatiesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 21:42:00

In an attempt to answer his critics, attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales plans to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he will abide by international treaties if he is confirmed.

Gonzalez vows to abide by treatiesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 19:55:00

In an attempt to answer his critics, attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales plans to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he will abide by international treaties if he is confirmed.

Bush's man from Humbleupdated: Mon Nov 15 2004 15:50:00

When George W. Bush returned to the White House on the afternoon of Election Day, chief of staff Andrew Card presented him with a five-page handwritten letter of resignation from Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Gonzales nomination angers abortion foesupdated: Thu Nov 11 2004 12:09:00

An anti-abortion group Thursday accused President Bush of ignoring his anti-abortion principles in nominating White House counsel Alberto Gonzales for the post of attorney general.

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