Philip Carter’s piece at Slate presents a good outline of questions the Senate Judiciary Committee might want to ask Alberto Gonzales when he ponies up to the table; check out the article.
However, before the Senate gives its advice and consent to Gonzales’ nomination as the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer, he does have some explaining to do. One set of questions grows out of Gonzales’ work for then-Gov. Bush as his lawyer in the Texas Statehouse, where critics allege his work on death penalty cases fell far short of what a professional attorney in that position should have provided the governor. The second set of questions arises from the decision adopted by the White House, apparently on advice from Gonzales and other administration lawyers, to set aside the Geneva Conventions and other laws as part of the global war on terrorism. His conduct in both situations raises significant questions about Gonzales’ lawyering skills and his apparent willingness to sacrifice the rule of law for the policy positions of his client, George W. Bush.