LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Amid the storm of controversy and impeachment talk regarding embattled Department of Justice chief Alberto Gonzales, Vice President Dick Cheney continues to support the Attorney General.
The Vice President also said that he disagreed with the jury’s verdict in the trial of his former chief of staff,I Lewis “Scooter” Libby who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation into the Bush administration’s leak of the identity of an undercover CIA officer.
As regards Gonzales, Cheney was asked in an interview with CBS radio whether Gonzales should keep his job, replied: “I do. I’m a big fan of Al’s.”
The vice president also rejected suggestions that Gonzales, a long-time aide to President George W. Bush, had misled the US Senate in testimony about a dispute over a controversial spying program.
“I think Al has done a good job under difficult circumstances. The debate between he and the Senate is something they’re going to have to resolve. But I think he has testified truthfully,” said Cheney.
Asked how Gonzales can continue as the top US law-enforcement official when even top Republicans say that he has lost credibility, Cheney replied: “Well, I don’t agree with them.”
Cheney rejected the notion that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Democrat and a fierce critic of Bush and Cheney, had a say in whether Gonzales should keep his job.
“I’ve had my differences with Pat Leahy. I think the key is whether or not he (Gonzales) has the confidence of the president, and he clearly does,” said Cheney, who once blasted Leahy with an expletive on the Senate floor.
Gonzales has drawn fire for his testimony into a mass firing of federal prosecutors, where critics see a political plot, and testimony over a dispute concerning a top-secret surveillance program.