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Associated Press: GOP Support for Attorney General Erodes

Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded Sunday as two key senators sharply questioned his truthfulness and a Democrat joined the list of lawmakers who want him to resign over the firing of eight federal prosecutors. "We have to have an attorney general who is candid and truthful. And if we find out he's not been candid and truthful, that's a very compelling reason for him not to stay on," said Senator Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department.


The Legal Times: In Executive Privilege Fight, More Talk Than Action

At times last week, as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated whether to authorize administration subpoenas in the US attorney imbroglio, it sounded more like a Vegas poker room than the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Was White House Counsel Fred Fielding's one and only offer - to provide four current and former White House officials to Congress for private interviews conducted without transcripts and not under oath - really a non-negotiable proposition?


Washington Post: E-Mails Show Machinations to Replace Prosecutor

Two months before Bud Cummins was fired as US attorney in Little Rock, a protege of presidential adviser Karl Rove was maneuvering with the Justice Department to take his place.


Associated Press: Documents Show Gonzales Approved Firings

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several US attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released Friday that contradict earlier claims that he was not closely involved in the dismissals.


TPM Muckraker: Sampson to Testify Under Oath Before Congress Next Week

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee extended an invitation for Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff Kyle Sampson to testify. If he didn't want to come voluntarily, the committee said, he'd be subpoenaed. Today, via a letter from his lawyer to the committee, he accepted - no subpoena necessary.


ABC News: Reid Wonders If Abramoff US Attorney Is a "Bushie"

"Today we hear the US attorney in Florida is going to try and reduce Abramoff's sentence," Reid proclaimed, referring to the disgraced former lobbyist sentenced to six years in federal prison, who has also pleaded guilty to three other charges. The Democratic majority leader rhetorically asked reporters gathered in his Capitol Hill office: "Is he a Bushie?"


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