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Ex. Atty. General Alberto Gonzales Defends His Rocky Tenure

Critics portrayed him as partisan and even inept. Will history treat him fairly?

By EVAN PEREZ
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON — Alberto Gonzales, who has kept a low profile since resigning as attorney general nearly 16 months ago, said he is writing a book to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as a senior official in the Bush administration.
Mr. Gonzales has been portrayed by critics both as unqualified for his position and instrumental in laying the groundwork for the administration’s “war on terror.” He was pilloried by Congress in a manner not usually directed toward cabinet officials.
“What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government.
During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”
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David Ogden Possible Pick For No. 2 Spot in Atty. Gen. Office

It could be an obvious pick considering he’s already involved with the Obama team. We’ll know soon enough.

By Joe Palazzolo
Legal Times
David Ogen/law firm photo

David Ogden/law firm photo

WASHINGTON — With congressional pressure mounting, the short list for the Department of Justice’s No. 2. position appears to be getting shorter all the time.
President-elect Barack Obama’s transition staff has declined to discuss potential Justice nominees, or even reveal who on the transition team is mustering names. But Washington lawyers have been speculating for weeks that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s David Ogden, who is heading the Justice Department transition team, is the likely pick for deputy attorney general. One Washington lawyer close to the transition says his nomination is all but assured.
Elena Kagan, dean of Harvard Law School, has also been named as a possibility, though many say the position would be an odd fit. Denied a hearing by Republicans after President Bill Clinton nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1999, Kagan has re-emerged as a potential Supreme Court pick for Obama.
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Gov. Blagojevich Could Decide By Monday Whether to Resign

With his political lifelines running out, Gov. Blagojevich may have little choice. If he decides to step down, he can make it look like he made the decision, not the state’s attorney general or the court.

BY NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Gov. Blagojevich will decide early next week — perhaps as early as Monday — whether he should resign, a source close to the governor told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“He was blindsided by this,” the source said. “He needs some time to digest what’s going on. He’s going to make his position clear shortly.”
On Friday, in his first public comments since his arrest, the governor did not rule out the possibility he might resign. As he left the federal courthouse after a visit to the pretrial services office, a reporter asked the governor, “Do you have anything to say to the people of Illinois?”
He replied, “I will at the appropriate time. Absolutely.”
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