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Hearings, Congressional Record, video, press

Alberto R. Gonzales:
Confirmation hearings and debates

by Charles Judson Harwood Jr.


Iraq wmd war vote
War Crimes Act
John Bolton
John Negroponte
Alberto Gonzales
Condoleezza Rice
Robert Gates
Iraq Study Group
NIE: Iraq wmd
Iraq war timeline: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008
Iran uranium timeline
Blockade, reprisals

To be Attorney General

Presidential nomination PN12-109 received, “Executive nominations received by the Senate January 4, 2005,” 151 Congressional Record S34 {pf} {3kb.txt, 36kb.pdf} (U.S. Congress 109-1, daily edition 151:1, January 4 2005) {SuDoc: X/A.109/1:151/1}.

Confirmation Hearing on the Nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be Attorney General of the United States {160kb.txt, 30.4mb.pdf, purl} (U.S. Congress 109-1, Senate Judiciary Committee, Serial No. J-109-1, Senate Hearing 109-4, January 6 2005, 5+735 pages) {SuDoc: Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.109-4, LCCN: 2005618057, OCLC: 60386286, GPOCat, LL: paper, microfiche, DL, WorldCat}, transcripts (omitting the three witnesses following Gonzales) {359kb.html, copy, copy} (FDCH/FNS: The New York Times, January 6 2005; Washington Post, January 6 2005). Two FDCH transcripts, one via Lexis (the three witnesses following Gonzales). Three Federal News Service transcripts: 9:29 a.m., 1:59 p.m., 5:17 p.m.:

Senator Specter: Under the committee rules we have one week for the submission of written questions.”

Consolidated C-Span video, January 6 2005, 9:05 a.m. (7:01 hours). Prepared written witness statements (January 6 2005): Alberto R. Gonzales (Counsel to President George W. Bush); John D. Hutson (President & Dean, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord New Hampshire, formerly Judge Advocate General of the Navy (1997-2000), Judge Advocate, U.S. Navy (1972-2000)); Douglas A. Johnson (Executive Director, Center of Victims of Torture, Minneapolis Minnesota), Harold Hongju Koh (Dean and Professor of International Law, Yale Law School, New Haven Connecticut, formerly Attorney-Adviser, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice (1983-1985)).

The following pdf links, to written responses, are no longer active. I’ve found them again, but they’re offline for the moment. They are anyway image pdfs, as in the published pdf hearing (above), not text pdfs; hence the words in them are not searchable.  CJHjr

Alberto R. Gonzales, Written Answers (January 18 2005), to written questions by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. {4618kb.pdf}, Thomas Allen Coburn {77kb.pdf}, Richard Joseph Durbin {3815kb.pdf, 3787kb.pdf}, Russell D. Feingold {5085kb.pdf}, Dianne Feinstein {3225kb.pdf}, Lindsey O. Graham {430kb.pdf}, Charles Ernest Grassley {3503kb.pdf}, Orrin Grant Hatch {1508kb.pdf}, Edward Moore Kennedy {3143kb.pdf, 4387kb.pdf, 3635kb.pdf}, Herbert H. Kohl {1446kb.pdf}, Patrick Joseph Leahy {6969kb.pdf}, Carl Levin {1418kb.pdf}, Charles Ellis Schumer {1371kb.pdf}, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III {1032kb.pdf}, Arlen Specter {333kb.pdf}.

Executive Business Meeting, Agenda: Nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be Attorney General of the United States (U.S. Congress 109-1, Senate Judiciary Committee, 2005):

January 19, postponed for one week. Statements by Senators Leahy, Kennedy (January 18-19).

January 26, vote to recommend (10/8), transcripts (none posted on the internet). FDCH transcript (none via Lexis). Federal News Service transcript: 9:30 a.m. C-Span video, none, statement by Senator Leahy (January 26).

Senate debate, “Nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be Attorney General of the United States,” 151 Congressional Record (2005), January 24 (151:4): S128-S129 {pf} {11kb.txt, 00kb.pdf}, S129-S130 {9kb.txt, 00kb.pdf}, January 26 (151:6): S573 {pf} {1kb.txt, 44kb.pdf} (Judiciary Committee recommendation), January 31 (151:7): S615 {pf} {3kb.txt, 57kb.pdf} (debate schedule), S677 {pf} {2kb.txt, 51kb.pdf} (debate order), S677 {pf} {2kb.txt, 51kb.pdf} (debate program), February 1 (151:8): S681 {pf} {1kb.txt, 65kb.pdf} (schedule), S682-S683 {7kb.txt, 55kb.pdf}, S687-S688 {pf} {5kb.txt, 54kb.pdf}, S688-S705 {pf} {164kb.txt, 175kb.pdf}, S705-S732 {pf} {169kb.txt, 226kb.pdf}, S831 {pf} {1kb.txt, 45kb.pdf} (order), S831 {pf} {1kb.txt, 45kb.pdf} (program), February 2 (151:9): S833 {pf} {1kb.txt, 56kb.pdf} (schedule), S834-S873 {pf} {170kb.txt, 305kb.pdf} (executive session), S908 {pf} {1kb.txt, 40kb.pdf} (order/program), February 3 (151:10): S909 {pf} {1kb.txt, 56kb.pdf} (8 hours remaining), S923-961 {pf} {170kb.txt, 289kb.pdf} (executive session), S961 {pf} {3kb.txt, 42kb.pdf}, S993 {pf} {4kb.txt, 51kb.pdf}, S994 {pf} {1kb.txt, 49kb.pdf} (U.S. Congress 109-1, daily edition 151:1, 4, 6-10, Jan. 4, 24, 26, 31, Feb. 1-3 2005) {SuDoc: X/A.109/1:151/1, 4, 6-10, ISSN: 0363-7239, LCCN: 80646573, OCLC: 02437919, GPOCat, LL: paper, microfiche, DL, WorldCat}, C-Span video/text, by speaker segment (C-Span Congressional Chronicle, Senate, February 1, 2, 3 2005).

Senate roll call vote 109-1:3 (60/36/4) (February 3 2005, 4:29 p.m.).


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Charles Judson Harwood Jr.

Posted January 30 2005. Updated May 16 2008.


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