By: E&P Staff
In a dramatic Sunday editorial, The New York Times carefully reviews the current accusations and denials surrounding embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before closing on a stunning note: “Democratic lawmakers are asking for a special prosecutor to look into Mr. Gonzales?s words and deeds. Solicitor General Paul Clement has a last chance to show that the Justice Department is still minimally functional by fulfilling that request.
“If that does not happen, Congress should impeach Mr. Gonzales.”
Earlier the editorial had observed: “Americans have been waiting months for Mr. Bush to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who long ago proved that he was incompetent and more recently has proved that he can?t tell the truth. Mr. Bush refused to fire him after it was clear Mr. Gonzales lied about his role in the political purge of nine federal prosecutors. And he is still refusing to do so ? even after testimony by the F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller, that suggests that Mr. Gonzales either lied to Congress about Mr. Bush?s warrantless wiretapping operation or at the very least twisted the truth so badly that it amounts to the same thing.”
The full editorial is at www.nytimes.com.