Sunday, April 13, 2008

Nobody wants to hire Alberto Gonzales

There is some small measure of justice left in America.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who disgraced himself, his office, and his country as he enabled and abetted the crimes of George W. Bush, is having trouble cashing in on his years of public service.
While a former U.S. Attorney General would ordinarily be able to write his own ticket at his choice of prestige law firms, Gonzales is proving to be an exception.

He has had no full-time job since his resignation, and his principal income has come from giving a handful of talks at colleges and before private business groups.

"Maybe the passage of time will provide some opportunity for him," said one Washington lawyer who was aware of an inquiry to his firm from a Gonzales associate. "I wouldn't say 'rebuffed,' " said the lawyer, who asked his name not be used because the situation being described was uncomfortable for Mr. Gonzales. "I would say 'not taken up.' "

The greatest impediment to Mr. Gonzales's being offered the kind of high-salary job being snagged these days by lesser Justice Department officials, many lawyers agree, is his performance during his last few months in office. In that period, he was openly criticized by lawmakers for being untruthful in his sworn testimony. His conduct is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department, which could recommend actions from exonerating him to recommending criminal charges. Friends set up a fund to help pay his legal bills.

Maybe George W. Bush will let Gonzales move his family onto the Crawford, Texas estate after he leaves office.  He certainly won't have any more use for it.  It's not as though he'll have any further need to pretend to be a brush-clearing cowboy.

I mean, Fredo sacrificed his reputation and career for Bush.  Giving the guy a place to crash seems like the least he can do.

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