Alberto Gonzales, White House counsel , and a confidant of the President, has been chosen to replace John Ashcroft as Attorney General according to
sources close to the matter. The announcement may come as soon as today. Gonzales has been often linked to rumors that he would be the one nominated
to replace Chief Justice William Rehnquist should he retire for health reasons. He also os the author of the controversial legal opinion written in
2002 that President Bush used to waive the anti torture law and other international treaties that pertain to prisoners of war. The American Civil
Liberties Union has taken no position on him as a candidate for the Attorney General post, but was quick to point out "Particular attention should be
devoted to exploring Mr. Gonzales' proposed policies on the constitutionality of the Patriot Act, the Guantanamo Bay detentions, the designation of
United States citizens as enemy combatants and reproductive rights."
WASHINGTON - President Bush has chosen White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, a Texas confidant and the most prominent Hispanic in the administration,
to succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft, sources close to the White House said Wednesday.
The White House hinted that formal word from the president could come later Wednesday. "I would not rule out an announcement today," White House
spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Ashcroft announced his resignation on Tuesday, along with Commerce Secretary Don Evans, a Texas friend of the president's.
Gonzales, 49, has long been rumored as a leading candidate for a Supreme Court vacancy if one develops. Speculation increased after Chief Justice
William Rehnquist announced he has thyroid cancer.
Gonzales' career has been linked with Bush for at least a decade, serving as general counsel when Bush was governor of Texas, and then as secretary of
state and as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
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This will be the first test of Presidents Bush’s attempt to “reach out” to the American population that did not vote for him on November 2nd.
However, this appointment will fail to do so. If possible, Gonzales represents perhaps an even more conservative Attorney General than Ashcroft was.
Also, given he wrote the opinion on treatment of detainees, and his reproductive rights stance is far right, and his total embracement of the Patriot
Act, make him a candidate that will be difficult for a lot of Americans to accept.