Nearly two dozen prominent former members of the George W. Bush administration are asking their friends to contribute to ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s legal defense fund.
“Our nation is better and safer because of the service of Alberto Gonzales,” reads the letter, signed by ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and other luminaries. “The harsh campaign conducted against him by some Congressional Democrats and by liberal interest groups was disgraceful and unfair.”
Gonzales resigned in 2007 amid political fallout from the firings of U.S. Attorneys in 2006 for what many of the cashiered prosecutors and congressional investigators said were political reasons. Gonzales also came under criticism for his vague testimony in the matter before Congress, which his critics said came close to perjury.
A special prosecutor, Nora Dannehy, concluded that although the firings were “contrary to DOJ principle,” they did not impede investigations into voter fraud and public integrity cases. She found there was no reason to prosecute.
The letter said former President Bush and his wife, Laura, have made contributions. A donation “will show you will stand with those who so honorably served America when they are attacked for that service,” the letter said.