STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALES' VISIT TO BOSTON
I opposed Attorney General Gonzales's confirmation because he came before the Senate as an enabler of the President's misguided legal policies rather than as an independent legal voice. He has presided over one disastrous policy after another, including the continued abuse of detainees, the approval of unlawful wiretapping by the NSA, the partisan enforcement of the voting Rights Act and the failure to enforce our other civil rights laws, the abusive use of National Security Letters and the the inappropriate firing of U.S. Attorneys. According to Alberto Gonzales he signed off on firing eight U.S. Attorneys without being involved in any deliberations over the firings. According to his former Chief of Staff he was involved from the beginning. Either Alberto Gonzales is not telling the truth or he is far too disengaged and irresponsible to serve as Attorney General. His resignation is long overdue.