House Judiciary Chairman Demands Explanation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
is expressing outrage that the Justice Department isn't purusing
charges against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
A report by the deparment's inspector general found that
Gonzales had mishandled top-secret documents concerning a
surveillance program and detainee interrogations.
However, the report says the agency decided not to press charges
against Gonzales, who resigned under fire last year.
In a statement, House Judiciary chairman John Conyers says he's
"shocked" by the report's findings. He says Justice should
explain clearly why it's declined to pursue charges against
Gonzales.
At issue is how, and where, Gonzales stored the documents. The
report says at the Justice Department, Gonzales kept the documents
in a safe in a fifth-floor office that was not considered properly
secure.
Additionally, the report found Gonzales also took some documents
to his house in suburban Virginia.
Gonzales' lawyers call the lapses innocent mistakes.


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