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Gonzales Hypocritically Tells Muksaey to Always Do the Right Thing, Follow the Law

Amanda Terkel: Gonzales claimed the law was his "lodestar", but he must have forgotten it while he was in office.
 
 
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This post, written by Amanda Terkel, originally appeared on Think Progress

Yesterday, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke at the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, giving his views on " immigration, education and public service." The event drew approximately 1,000 attendees, as well as a few protestors who greeted Gonzales outside the venue.

He dodged questions about waterboarding by local station KIII-TV, but did give some words of advice for his successor, Michael Mukasey:

To do the right thing. And I have every confidence that Mike Mukasey will do the right thing. Always do the right thing. Follow the law. That was always my lodestar, my guiding principle, and I'm sure that will guide General Mukasey.

Gonzales must have forgotten this lodestar somewhere during his time in the Bush administration. He recently launched a defense fund to pay for his legal expenses, "which are mounting in the face of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Gonzales committed perjury or improperly tampered with a congressional witness." A look at how he has always tried to "follow the law":

- Approved administration torture program. In 2002, Gonzales chaired a series of meetings that "set the course" for the administration's torture policies. He "raised no objections and, without consulting military and State Department experts in the laws of torture and war, approved an August 2002 memo that gave CIA interrogators the legal blessings they sought."

- Inappropriately coached a congressional witness's testimony. In May, Monica Goodling testified before Congress that, prior to resigning from the Justice Department, she had an "uncomfortable" conversation with Gonzales, in which he "laid out" his version of the attorney firings. Inspector General Glenn Fine is examining whether this attempt to "coach" Goodling was illegal.

Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.