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Gonzales Presser Live at 10:30 am ET

gonzalesbush1.jpgAG Alberto Gonzales will be giving a speech shortly at the Department of Justice.  Shortly thereafter, scheduled for 11:30 am ET, President Bush will give a press conference in Waco, TX.

MSNBC talking heads Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough say that local GOP folks have been calling for Gonzales’ removal and that this may have been an organized effort by incoming Rove replacement Ed Gillespie to “cut off the dead limbs on the GOP trees,” so to speak.

CNN’s been interviewing John Cornyn.  YAWN.  Here’s a summary:  partisan…mean…partisan…witch hunt…sad day…blah blah blah.  Shorter Cornyn:  Accept no responsibility and blame someone else for GOP failures.  (Can someone get this man a new script?)


10:31 am ET:

ALBERTO GONZALES live at podium:

Good morning.  13 years ago, I entered public service to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  And during this time, I have travelled a remarkable journey from my home state of Texas to Washington, D.C., supported by the unwavering love and encouragement of my wife Rebecca, and our sons Jerret, Graham and Gabriel. 

Yesterday, I met with President Bush and informed him of decision to conclude my government service as Attorney General of the United States effective as of 9/17/07.  Let me say that it has been one of my greatest privileges to lead the DOJ.  I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who work here.  I have made a point as attorney general to personally meet as many of them as possible.  And today I want to again thank them for their service to our nation.

It is through their continued work that our country and our communities remain safe.  That the rights and civil liberties of our citizens remain protected.  And the hopes and dreams of all our children are secured.  I often remind our fellow citizens that we live in the greatest country in the world — and that I have lived the American dream.  Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father’s best days.  Public service is honorable and noble. 

And I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people.  Thank you and God bless America.


That’s it.  No questions taken.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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