Alberto Gonzalez Brings Back Old Memories of Bushian Obfuscation

Law.com interviews Alberto Gonzales. And he's just as thick as I remembered:  


TL: My question is loyalty versus being an objective counselor. I think a lot of my readers think, "Which one are you, loyal or an objective counselor to the president?"

Gonzales: You're loyal. Look, someone like an attorney general wears two hats. You're a member of the president's team; you're on his Cabinet. You have an obligation to promote the president's law enforcement policies and priorities. He campaigned on those policies, and you have an obligation as a Cabinet official to make sure they're implemented. But you also wear a different hat. You're the chief law enforcement officer for the country. And if you have to investigate the White House for wrongdoing, you have to investigate the White House for wrongdoing, and I would have done that. And I think anyone who is unable to do that is not qualified to serve in these positions. So, there were times when I disagreed with the president, and I told the president. I think people have this notion that if you're the attorney general, you can't agree with anything, you can't support anything of the president. That's a naive understanding. That's a misunderstanding of the world of the attorney general and our system of government. ... So, my response to your question is I think everyone who works for the president and is appointed by the president should be loyal to the president and the president's policies and priorities. But they take an oath and they've got to, of course, discharge their obligations under that oath, and I tried to do that every day.

Good grief. Talk about a straw man. Has anyone argued, ever, "that if you're the attorney general, you can't agree with anything, you can't support anything of the president?" God, he sounds just like Junior.

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