In 2007, then Senator Barack Obama appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live and called on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Obama said Gonzales was acting more like the president’s attorney than the people’s attorney and viewed himself as an “enabler of the administration.”
“Well, I voted against Alberto Gonzales confirmation for precisely the reason we are seeing now. I said this on the floor of the senate, that although he seemed to be a capable attorney, he seemed to conceive his role as being the president’s attorney instead of being the people’s attorney,” Obama said.
The attorney general’s job is to set boundaries for the president, not to carry out his “political vendettas”:
“Part of the role of the attorney general is to say to the executive branch, ‘Here are the limits of your power,’ ‘Here are the things that you can’t do.’ I don’t think Alberto Gonzales ever told the president that there was something he could not do.
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