Here’s a collection of quotes about Gonzales’ resignation from the AP. A few to start with:
“Al Gonzales is a man of integrity, decency and principle. … After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to resign his position and I accept his decision. It’s sad that … his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.” — President Bush.
“The rampant politicization of federal law enforcement that occurred under his tenure seriously eroded public confidence in our justice system. The president must now restore credibility to the office of the attorney general.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“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.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.
“It is my hope that whomever President Bush selects as the next attorney general, he or she is not subjected to the same poisonous partisanship that we’ve sadly grown accustomed to over the past eight months.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
“I have said for a long time that I thought the president would be best served if the attorney general resigned so I think it’s the right thing to do.” — Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
“His mistake was underestimating the ferocity of relentless partisan attacks and not preparing more to address them.” — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
“This is a great, great development. … The next attorney general has to understand that his primary loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law and that sometimes he has to tell the president no.” Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico, one of the fired U.S. prosecutors.