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July 23rd, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Gonzales: 'I feel angry'

Editor's note: Watch the full interview Friday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN's John King, USA.

Washington (CNN) – In his first interview since the Justice Department said it decided not to charge Alberto Gonzales in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys, the former U.S. Attorney General said he is angry about the investigation process.

"Well I feel good, John. I feel angry," Gonzales told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I feel angry that I had to go through this; that my family had to suffer through this and what for? It was for nothing. I'm glad the investigation is over, and I'm glad the American people were reassured that nothing wrong happened during my tenure as the attorney general in connection with the removals of these U.S. attorneys."

Attorney General Eric Holder "has accepted her recommendation that criminal prosecution is not warranted," according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The question as to whether the dismissals were made for political reasons led to a huge controversy in Washington. Gonzales ultimately resigned.

Asked on CNN's John King, USA about the political climate that existed in Washington at the time, and criticism of the Department of Justice under his management, Gonzales said he doesn't expect any apologies.

"Listen I don't expect an apology from men like Chuck Schumer, and I would put him and other individuals who were attacking me at the top of the list contributing to the low, low public perception of Congress, the integrity of Congress quite frankly."

And while Gonzales said he is taking a wait and see approach to the controversial Arizona immigration law, he did say that the Republican Party outreach to the Hispanic community must change if Republicans expect support from that crucial voting block.

"I think it is important that not only do you have the right message to the Hispanic community, you've got to have the right tone in delivering that message and you have to have the right messenger."

"I firmly believe, based on my observations of working with George Bush, he was the right messenger to the Republican Party. And listen, Hispanics didn't agree with everything that George Bush stood for, but I think – I honestly believe that he cared about their issues, he wanted to understand their issues. And until the Republican Party has a standard bearer like that, I'm afraid we're going to have some difficulties in future elections," he said.

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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Mr . Gonzales there were two boarder patrol officers that suffered great pain and there family's suffered great pain and loss because of you how can you compare your pain to there's when you chose to throw them away .

    July 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    You Mr. Gonzales are not and was not fit for the job .

    July 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    You have not been exzonerated by the people bud .

    July 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Mr. Gonzales dont go crazy running for office you screwd up at the boarder .

    July 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  5. Jorge Delgado

    Mr. Gonzales you are a shame for the hispanic comunnity.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  6. Dave Prunest

    I feel the American people were cheated one more time with right + wrong.Alberto should be worrying about our familys as he is his. People were cheated again. Dave

    July 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm |