The Gonzales Legacy

What happens now that Bush's guard is down

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Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

If there is a lesson to be learned from the disgrace of Alberto Gonzales, it is that placing loyalty above judgment can be a hazardous thing. When newly elected Texas Governor George W. Bush pulled Gonzales from a Houston law firm in 1994 to make him general counsel, the future President was looking for a legal bodyguard. He got one who would protect his interests for the next 13 years. In 1996, Gonzales helped get Bush excused from the jury in a drunk-driving case that could have forced the Governor to disclose a 1976 DUI arrest. From 2001 to 2005, he...

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