is the end near for gonzales?

Posted on May 21, 2007

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Will Attorney General Alberto Gonzales quit rather than face the no-confidence vote scheduled for later this week in the Senate?

According to Senator Arlen Specter, Gonzales might just do that.

Specter, who’s a ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, anticipates more Republicans joining the majority Democrats in favor of a resolution expressing a lack of confidence in Gonzales over the way he handled the firing of eight federal prosecutors, Bloomberg reports.

Six Republican senators have already called on Gonzales to go, with more likely to follow.

The vote is non-binding, as the attorney general is appointed by the President, not Congress. But the senators believe getting a no-confidence vote would press the case against Gonzales harder. It would also be a blot on Gonzales’ record.

Meanwhile, the heat is soaring not just for Gonzales, but also for the White House.

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is looking at investigating into the 2004 episode, when Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card tried to pressurize then Attorney General John Ashcroft into approving a warant-less spying program while Ashcroft was sick in hospital.

Schumer is sending letters to President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington, seeking answers for the person(s) who ordered Gonzales and Card to make the request of Ashcroft, according to the Washington Post.

This coming week should be an interesting one.

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