Picked by George W. Bush to be his next attorney general, Alberto Gonzales seems to have been chosen more for his closeness to the president than for anything else. But that loyalty -- described by a former Bush official as Gonzales' "primary characteristic" -- could have its drawbacks. If he is confirmed as AG, Gonzales may be called on to oversee investigations into members of his own administration, an awkward task for a famously dedicated aide.
November 16, 2004
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