I can’t believe I missed this editorial from Sunday’s NY Times. It does a good job of listing the occasions on which Alberto Gonzales has, at best, misled the Congress.
And then, the money quote.
Democratic lawmakers are asking for a special prosecutor to look into Mr. Gonzales’s words and deeds. Solicitor General Paul Clement has a last chance to show that the Justice Department is still minimally functional by fulfilling that request.
If that does not happen, Congress should impeach Mr. Gonzales.
Finally. Finally! Of course, Clement is not going to appoint a special prosecutor — if he did, he’d be disowned. So here’s hoping that, when it becomes clear that no prosecutor is forthcoming, the Times and other voices louder than mine keep banging the “Impeach Gonzales” drum hard.
Relatedly, three cheers for Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) for sponsoring a resolution (pdf) instructing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether Gonzales should be impeached.
Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary shall investigate fully whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to impeach Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Several of the co-sponsors are, like Inslee, former prosecutors. They include Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael A. Arcuri (D-N.Y.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) and Dennis Moore (D-Kan.). Read more details at Inslee’s home page.