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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