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President Bush nominates Judge Al Gonzales as next Attorney General

White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales will succeed John Ashcroft
Posted: November 15, 2004  

(White House photo by Paul Morse)  

President Bush announced his nomination of Judge Alberto Gonzales, currently White House counsel, to succeed John Ashcroft as attorney general of the United States.

Speaking at the White House November 10, the president said that Gonzales, as the chief U.S. law enforcement officer, would continue the fight against crime, strengthen the FBI, and improve "our domestic efforts in the war on terror."

"As a steward of civil rights laws, he will ensure that Americans are protected from discrimination so that each person has the opportunity to live the American Dream, as Al himself has done," Bush said.

The president spoke of Gonzales' humble beginnings as the child of migrant workers, and his distinguished service as Texas's secretary of state and as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court before becoming then-Governor Bush's general counsel.



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