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May 17, 2007

Senators Renew Call for Gonzales' Ouster

If there was any doubt the sinister nature of this administration, the latest revelations about Alberto Gonzales' attempted coercion of an ill Attorney General, puts that to rest:
[...]testimony this week that as White House counsel, Gonzales in 2004 pressured Attorney General John Ashcroft to certify the legality of Bush's no-warrant eavesdropping program. The conversation took place at Ashcroft's hospital bed side as the attorney general recuperated from pancreatitis, James Comey, acting attorney general, testified this week.

Ashcroft rebuffed Gonzales, but the White House certified the program's legality anyway. Faced with the resignations of Ashcroft, Comey and FBI Director Robert Mueller, Bush ordered the program be changed to accommodate Justice's objections.

After the latest revelations about Bush's obvious involvement in the Gonzales thuggery, more Republicans are obliged to call for the Attorney General's resignation:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is under new political heat after two more Republicans came out against him and Democrats broadened their probe of prosecutor firings to questions of whether he politicized the Justice Department at the White House's behest.

Gonzales, who some believed had survived the furor over the firings, came under new pressure Wednesday when Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), R-Neb., became the fourth Republican senator to urge him to resign. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., also said the attorney general should consider stepping down.

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