Washington D.C, July 31 - The Attorney General's office informed reporters today that the Attorney General realized this morning that he could not recollect something important he planned to forget. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales also spoke to the press himself.
When asked what it was about, Mr. Gonzales said he did not know exactly what it was about; it was placed in his memory by his chief of staff, but he had signed off on it. He said he did a memory search, but did not find anything. He had ordered memory searches on the memories of all his staff, and was waiting for the results.
"All I can say is," Mr. Gonzales said, "I am confident that piece of memory will not exist in my mind anymore, once I find it." Asked if he can go home and refresh his memory he said, "I've overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. I am here not because I give up. I'm committed to doing my job and remembering my lost memories. And that is what I intend to do here on behalf of the American people."
When asked how it happened, Gonzales replied, "As we can all imagine, in an organization of 110,000 people, I am not aware of every bit of memory that passes through the halls of the Department of Justice, nor am I aware of all memory losses. I never saw documents. We never had a discussion about where things stood with those. I would encourage you all to focus on what is positive in terms of what is going on positively in this country, in terms of all the memories that did not get lost recently."
"What I can say is, I serve at the pleasure of the president and this incident has been carefully reviewed by lawyers in my department, people who are experienced in the area of memory loss. What I can tell you is mistakes were made here. I accept that responsibility," Gonzales further continued,
A white house aide later said, though the president still does not understand why the attorney general is not working in the defence department along with other generals, he has no doubt the lost memory will be regained. "Alberto Gonzales," the president was reported to have said, "is completely capable of performing his duties. He works at my pleasure. He is a fine rememberer of memories, a good recollector of recollections and recaller of recalls."