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US Attorneys: Alberto's Allies Are Scarce

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Roll Call: Alberto's Allies Are Scarce
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032707T.shtml

Despite President Bush's unwavering public support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the White House is doing little privately to lobby Republican senators to get behind the embattled Justice Department chief, according to senior Senate sources. In fact, Senate Republicans said Monday that the administration essentially has been absent when it comes to courting defenders for the attorney general, who has been under fire for the controversial dismissal of eight US attorneys.

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ABC News: DOJ Official McNulty Ignored White House in Testimony
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032707B.shtml

The firestorm over the fired US attorneys was sparked last month when a top Justice Department official ignored guidance from the White House and rejected advice from senior administration lawyers over his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. McNulty went well beyond the scope of what the White House cleared him to say when it approved his written testimony the week before the hearing, according to administration sources closely involved in the matter.

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Financial Times: Aides to Bush Ordered Not to Destroy Email
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032707K.shtml

The Republican National Committee and chairman of George W. Bush's 2004 campaign have been ordered to preserve all email related to White House business because they might be relevant to multiple Congressional investigations.

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The New York Times Editorial: Time for Answers
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032707M.shtml

"The news that Monica Goodling, counsel to the attorney general and liaison to the White House, is invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination takes the United States attorney scandal to a new level. Ms. Goodling's decision comes just days after the Justice Department released documents strongly suggesting that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not been honest about his own role in the firing of eight federal prosecutors. Mr. Gonzales is scheduled to testify before the Senate in three weeks, but that is too long to wait. He should speak now, and explain why he continues to insist that his department did nothing wrong," writes the New York Times.

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