January 18, 2017 The Modern Law Library

Alberto Gonzales reflects back on Bush administration and gives his advice for Trump staff (podcast)

By Lee Rawles

The Hon. Alberto R. Gonzales rose from humble beginnings in Humble, Texas, to some of the highest legal positions in the country as White House counsel and U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush.

As the nation prepares to inaugurate a new presidential administration, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles spoke with him about his new memoir, True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace. In their interview, Gonzales reflected on the choices the Bush administration made during his own time in office and shared his advice for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees. He also sheds light on how some of the post-9/11 legal decisions were made, and what it meant to him to be the first Hispanic person to advise the president of the United States as his chief counsel.

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Lee Rawles
Alberto R. Gonzales has worked as a partner at major Houston law firm Vinson & Elkins and held government positions as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court; Texas Secretary of State; general counsel to the governor of Texas and counsel to the President of the United States. He served as the 80th attorney general of the United States under President George W. Bush from February 2005 to September 2007. In 2014, Judge Gonzales became dean of the Belmont University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee.