I also believe that Mr. Gonzales may be under consideration for the Supreme Court at a later time. He was on the Texas Supreme Court under Gov. Bush. From AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: A Record of Injustice
An August 2002 Justice Department memo 'was vetted by a larger number of officials, including...the White House counsel's office and Vice President Cheney's office.' According to Newsweek, the memo 'was drafted after White House meetings convened by George W. Bush's chief counsel, Alberto Gonzales, along with Defense Department general counsel William Haynes and [Cheney counsel] David Addington.' The memo included the opinion that laws prohibiting torture do 'not apply to the President's detention and interrogation of enemy combatants.' Further, the memo puts forth the opinion that the pain caused by an interrogation must include 'injury such as death, organ failure, or serious impairment of body functions -- in order to constitute torture.' The methods outlined in the memo 'provoked concerns within the CIA about possible violation of the federal torture law [and] also raised concerns at the FBI, where some agents knew of the techniques being used' overseas on high-level al Qaeda officials.