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Formal investigation by the Justice Department into the actions of Gonzales

Former attorney-general, Alberto Gonzales was under fire for a number of his statement and actions when he was acting as the Chief Legal Officer of the US. He was the one who authorized a specific movement of the Government towards the legality of torture for getting information, much greater ease of wire-tapping and spying on activities inside the United States, and the controversial Guantanamo Bay with its inmates who still have no hope for a trial after 6 plus years of incarceration, and the political firing of attorney-generals who were seen as not conforming to Republican desires.
Now that he has gone, his acts are under investigation by a determined Congress and even by his own former department. The Inspector General of the Justice Department is investigating several actions and policies, and one can be pretty sure that the Bush Administration will not intervene if something further happens as a result of this investigation and the former attorney general is prosecuted; he is after all at the minimum stated to have committed perjury:

Though Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation Monday, he is still is in the crosshairs of investigations by Congress and his own department. A letter sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine Thursday indicates that Gonzales is the subject of at least three separate ongoing internal investigations.
“The OIG is conducting a joint investigation with the Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility into allegations regarding the removal of certain United States attorneys and improper hiring practices. We believe that through those investigations and other OIG reviews we will be able to assess most of the issues that you raise in your letter,” Fine wrote.
Gonzales’ past testimony differed from accounts of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey and FBI director Robert Mueller, who both stated that in March 2004, Gonzales, then serving as White House counsel, visited Attorney General John Ashcroft while he was hospitalized, seeking reauthorization of a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.

Given that the Bush Administration is not likely to change course and admit that its actions are wrong, or that the firing of the attorneys was not politically motivated; and that Congress has now tasted blood in terms of getting Gonzales to resign, it is likely that they will continue the investigation. Since he is now no longer Attorney-General, the investigation will be easier. Further, this probe by the Inspector General will also help the case of Congress in their dispute with the Bush Administration.

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