During a conference call Friday with all 93 U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized for the way his office carried out its apparently partisan firings. The move was seen by critics as an attempt at damage control amid calls for his resignation.
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized to the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys in a conference call Friday as he tried to hold on to his job amid the scandal over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
In another move to repair his credibility, Gonzales named a respected U.S. attorney from Virginia, Chuck Rosenberg, as his interim chief of staff to replace Kyle Sampson, who stepped down because of his involvement in the controversy.
But pressure for Gonzales’ resignation continued to build.
In recent days, the Justice Department and the White House have been forced to defend the firings after internal e-mails revealed a coordinated effort to root out U.S. attorneys who’d fallen out of favor with the administration.