Gonzales Wants To Take A Mulligan
By Stephanie Woodrow | August 12, 2022 10:47 am
Alberto Gonzales (Getty Images)

Alberto Gonzales (Getty Images)

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press admitted that he wishes he could “do some things over” from his time in the Bush administration, adding that “[a]t this level you make mistakes.” Read The Associated Press story here.

Gonzales, who also served as White House counsel to Bush, said that he made a mistake by using the word “quaint” in the same sentence as “the Geneva Conventions” in a 2002 legal memo about prisoner-of-war protections covered under the Geneva Conventions treaty. According to Gonzales, the treaty did not apply to enemy combatants in the war on terror. “Now looking at it … I would not have done that,” Gonzales said during the interview.

He went on to say, “I wish I could do some things over.” But he didn’t say what. During the interview, Gonzales declined to talk about the U.S. attorney firings.  ”I wish I could talk about it. I really can’t,” he said. He added: “if you think this president, this attorney general, this administration isn’t going to make mistakes, you’re living in a fairy-tale land,” referring to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Earlier this week, Gonzales gave an interview to New York Times columnist Deborah Solomon during which he said that his role as Attorney General hurt his reputation.  Read our previous coverage here.

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