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WASHINGTON-- Top Democrats are divided over whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be forced to resign because of the botched firings of eight US attorneys.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin wants to reserve judgement until he gets Gonzales to testify before Congress under oath. “I want to hear his response.” Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) a presidential hopeful is not calling for his head.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) and Sen.Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and White House contenders Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) say he should quit.

Another 2008 candidate, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Gonzales should not be forced out. "No, that's the president's choice" Richardson said after I asked him following his speech at the International Association of Fire Fighters presidential forum on Wednesday.
"I'd rather the president have a chat with Gonzales and tell him to clean it up," Richardson said.
President Bush in Mexico on Wednesday said he was “not happy” and “mistakes were made.” Gonzales is “going to go up to Capitol Hill to correct them.”
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Why would the AG want to stay I think is the better question. The email trail has exposed his as a tool of the WH political hacks. He clearly isn't in charge at DOJ...just a puppet. It's actually sad that our nation's first Hispanic AG has been treated this way by his Chief of Staff, Harriet Myers and Rove.

Did Hillary wait until obama said it first. Seems her so called leadership is based on copying whatever Obama does.

Today, across all media, Administration point people are declaring, "these discharged U.S. Attorneys served at the President's pleasure", however, was the "President's pleasure" synonomous with these (now fired) U.S. Attorneys having their legal duties and investigations tacitly being PRESCRIBED to them by elected officials or others? Everyone sincerely hopes not, but, Sen. Durbin will, undoubtedly, find out for sure for the American people. Also, how slightly surprising that kindly presidential counsel Ms. Harriett Meirs should be possibly emerging as President Bush's personal poli-town hatchet woman!

Reminds me of how Slick Willie used Janet Reno to fire all 93 of the federal attorneys to cover up Whitewater and other investigations!

If Bush really wanted to stick it to democrats,he would appoint Obama as the new attorney general.

Janet Reno fired what was it, ninety-three at one time. Including the attorney in Little Rock investigating Whitewater. Including the attorney investigating Rostenkowski. So why wasn't she forced to resign?

President Clinton lied while under oath to a Congressional Committee. He was not forced to resign. Is one lie worse than another?

What's going on?There are no new items and no new comments on anything.

LYNN SWEET REPLY
Tuesday 7:24 eastern time.
I'm back. I took a few days off from the blog--for the first time in more than a year. But I have a several items I will be posting this morning. Please stay tuned.

Firing U.S. Attorneys is somewhat common when a new President arrives. Clinton did it, but just saying that Clinton/Reno did it isn't the whole truth. They did it as soon as they took office, as is the custom. Not that big of a deal.

What makes this a big deal is it happened in mid-term. It's widely understood that this job is insulated from politics. Or at least it used to be.

TODAY, Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. EST Pres. Bush will explain in a LIVE press conference (to be carried by the cable news networks) why he will NOT let former counsel Miers and current advisor Rove be deposed under oath. Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin will surely not abide this. Moreover, Sen. Schumer predicted to Tim Russert on Sunday Atty. Gen. Gonzales will be GONE in a week's time!!

I can't wait for Gonzales to resign - It's definetly time. When do think he'll resign? Enter your guess here. If you're the closest to when he actually does, you'll win a year's supply of Ben and Jerry's ice cream! What could be better?

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