Reports: Chertoff Follows Gonzales As US Attorney General
US President Bush is likely to nominate Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff to serve as the next Attorney General, media reports
He allegedly has "Fans on Capitol Hill" and "has more experience
than Gonzales" in his duty as the most important attendant of justice
in the United States had.
And all over sudden - government´s morning has broken again. Why didn´t they tell us before?
If Michael Chertoff is nominated to be the next attorney general,
supporters will hail his career as a federal prosecutor, while
detractors are likely to point out that he was in charge of the
Department of Homeland Security as it struggled with the aftermath of
That could be of interest.
Before that he was an assistant attorney general who helped trace the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to al Qaeda, according to his
biography on the White House Web site.
That could... Oh my, God..
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: U.S.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called for the resignation of
Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday,
one day after the government dropped Las Vegas from a list of cities
considered potential high-risk targets eligible for special
anti-terrorism grants. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/5/06]
Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY): Rep. John Sweeney
(R-N.Y.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, warned that
if the funding isn’t fixed, “Chertoff should consider resigning.” [New
York Daily News, 6/2/06]
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown: Asked whether
Chertoff should be dismissed, Brown said, “Well, I think so.” He said
FEMA had been “marginalized” by Chertoff and his predecessor, Tom
Ridge, and that he had expected the agency’s performance to suffer.
New York Times: “On Wednesday, an 11-member,
all-Republican Congressional panel released a scathing report on the
leadership failures before, during and after Katrina struck the Gulf
Coast. While there is no shortage of incompetent public officials
involved in this tragedy, one stands out above the rest. That person is
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. … It would be nice for
the administration to finally send a message that if important people
do a bad job, they go away.” [2/17/06]
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX): “Do you believe you should be fired because I believe you should.” [House Homeland Security Committee hearing, 2/16/06]
Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) and Charlie Melancon (D-LA):
“What the majority report does not do, however, is draw the logical
conclusion to its own findings and recommend Secretary Chertoff’s
removal from office. Our judgment, based on a careful review of the
record, is that the Department of Homeland Security needs new and more
experienced leadership.” [Minority report by the House Select
Bipartisan Committee to Investigate Katrina, 2/15/06]