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The word “probe” puts men on edge, especially men over 50. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonsalez, 53, is no exception. News that Attorney General Michael Mukasey has appointed a special prosecutor to continue the probe into Gonzales’ strained removal of 9 United States Attorneys has alarmed the Bush administration which fears the probe may use Gonzales as a back door point of entry into an examination of Bush himself. For many years President Bush and Attorney General Gonzales have had an extremely close relationship. Bush was responsible for Gonzales’ impressive rise to prominent positions throughout the years. Gonzales did Bush’s bidding in each of those positions. Gonzales now finds himself in a rather different, less flattering relationship to the Bush. There is speculation Gonzales may decide it is time to get out from behind and under Bush’s influence.
An imaginary source, who insisted anonymity because he does not exist and who if he did exist would not be authorized to talk to the press, reported that Gonzales is considering hiring John Yoo, an expert on the definition of torture, in an effort to block the probe on the ground that it would constitute torture and would violate US and international laws. Envisioning the awkward position Gonzales will be in when the probe begins, President Bush is said to be privately reconsidering his position on what constitutes torture.
The source also said that the Bush Administration is considering launching a legal challenge to block the probe on the ground that probing Gonzales would constitute an end run around executive privilege that would penetrate the inner workings of the Bush administration.
While there has been no official mention of the possibility of a pardon, with the end of the Bush presidency coming President Bush will no doubt grant executive pardons.