Senator Feinstein, He Resigned A Month Ago, But Thanks.

A few months ago, I wrote to Senator Feinstein expressing my outrage about Gonzales and the cabal, their unconstitutional behavior, and my suggestion that she demand his firing. A few days ago, I received her response:

September 20, 2007

Dear Mr. Citrano:

Thank you for writing to me regarding former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s testimony, and your belief that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be removed from office. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

Like you, I believe Attorney General Gonzales should step down. Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s testimony raises questions about the Attorney General’s ability to lead the Department of Justice. Mr. Comey testified about the conversation in the intensive care unit of George Washington University Hospital where he witnessed then-White House Counsel Gonzales “trying to take advantage of a very sick man” to reverse a Federal Court’s ruling that the Terrorist Surveillance Program was illegal. This action is contrary to the ethical standards lawyers are required to uphold, and stands in sharp contrast to the statements made by Mr. Gonzales to the Senate about this incident.

The Department of Justice is charged with enforcing the law and protecting the rights and security of all Americans. The Attorney General must enforce the law without fear or favor to its political ramifications. He must act independently and pursue justice wherever it may lead, and without compromise. He must uphold the highest ethical standards. In my judgment, Attorney General Gonzales has not lived up to these important standards, and therefore should resign.

To date, both Attorney General Gonzales and the White House have refused calls for a change in leadership at the Department. That is why in June, 2007, I and others pushed for a vote of no-confidence in his abilities to continue on as Attorney General. Unfortunately, even with strong bipartisan support, we were not able to pass such a resolution. However, I continue to believe Mr. Gonzales is no longer fit to serve.

Please know that I have read your letter with interest and value your opinions. Be assured that as a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary I will closely monitor this situation, and will keep your thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for writing. I hope you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. Should you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

I responded to her response (in politics, this is often called a “yeahbut”, but mine really wasn’t a yeahbut):

Senator,

Mr. Gonzales resigned a month ago. But, like you, I appreciate the time you took to write me.

best,
anthony citrano

Now, I realize the issues in question are little changed as a result of Gonzales’ resignation, but I still find it disturbing to receive a letter (electronically, no less) that is so far behind relevant developments. Pick up a newspaper, interns!

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