Sen. Cornyn mourns 'sad' news of Gonzales resignation
Reacting to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, fellow Texan Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said on Monday that the Gonzales departure was the result of congressional Democrats “hounding a good man.”
“I think it’s a sad day,” Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a television interview with Fox News. “...it’s another reminder of why this congress’s rating in the public estimation is at one of its historic lows, where you have a hyper-partisan atmosphere and you have the new party in the majority accomplishing very little in the way of...new legislation.
“But they have succeeded in hounding a good man,” the senator continued, going on to characterize Gonzales as “somebody who the Hispanic community was rightly proud of as the highest level cabinet position served by a Hispanic in American history.”
As to the timing of the resignation, Senator Cornyn said “I think he was probably just worn down by the criticism. This sort of thing has a Chinese water torture effect of drip drip drip drip...I think the only two people that were going to determine whether [Gonzales] was going to continue in office were the president and Al Gonzales--and I guess Al Gonzales had had enough.”
Asked if the White House was prepared for the bruising confirmation process a new attorney general appointment could bring, Cornyn said that he “wanted to have a fair confirmation process, and looking forward that would be exactly the opposite of what we've seen since the new majority's been in power,” referring again to a “hyper- partisan atmosphere...to which everything else I've seen since I've been in Washington pales in comparison."
Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, meanwhile, said in a statement that "Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove. This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House."
The following video is from Fox's America's Newsroom, broadcast on August 27.