February 4, 2009

Gonzales lauds 'tremendous job' by his Justice Department

Alberto Gonzales says "people are focused on the little negatives."

Former Bush pet Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke to CNN's Campbell Brown on Tuesday about his record at the Justice Department. Well, the fabulous parts that he was able to remember.

Gonzales: Well, I hope history will reflect the fact that during my tenure both at the White House and at the Department of Justice we did a tremendous job in protecting our country...

Campbell Brown: But ...

Gonzales: ... and also as attorney general we focused on protecting our kids from sexual predators, we focused on making our neighborhoods safe from guns and drugs ...

Brown: But ...

Gonzales: ... rabid polar bears and aliens from the planet Mongo...

Brown: But ...

Gonzales: ... swarthy fellas that looked like they may have hated America ...

Brown: But ...

Gonzales: The level of prosecutions with respect to public corruption far exceeded what the previous administration did and so many people are focused on the little negatives that occurred...

Brown: But ...

Gonzales: As soon as mistakes were made. But a lot was accomplished.

Brown: But these were not "little negatives." Let's start by talking about how politicized the Justice Department became. An inspector general found that. Your office fired nine U.S. attorneys for political reasons. There has been no disagreement about that. I mean, how could you let that happen?

Gonzales: Campbell, Campbell, Campbell. I disagree with that.

Brown: Well, the inspector general's report that was issued, of course, during the Bush administration, found that you had been, quote, "remarkably unengaged" in the process and you quote, "abdicated your responsibility to safeguard the integrity and independence of the Justice Department." Not to mention the fact that, quote, "you turned the once-respected United States Justice Department into your own private clown college," for crying out loud.

Gonzales: Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Campbell. Campbell. Well, again, I take issue with some of the things that were in that report. I think you need to look at the overall record of the department during my tenure and the good things that we accomplished.

Brown: Such as OKing the use of torture? Or that time you tried to strong-arm John Ashcroft while he lay delirious in his hospital bed?

Gonzales: I don't recall that.

Brown: You've had trouble finding a job since you left public office. Most people would leave public service with many opportunities. Why not you?

Gonzales: With respect to employment, listen, I can understand in a very tough economy, some employers are going to be very hesitant about bringing someone like me on.

An untrustworthy, lying sleazy hack with no principles? Probably in a good economy, too.