Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said Sunday of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: “He does have a credibility problem.”
Three prominent Republican senators expressed their lack of confidence in Alberto Gonzales on Sunday. GOP support has dropped off since Justice Department documents released on Friday caught the attorney general misrepresenting when he first knew about a plan to fire eight U.S. attorneys.
New York Times:
Questions over Mr. Gonzales’s future intensified on both sides of the aisle this weekend, after the release of Justice Department documents late Friday that detailed plans for a meeting between Mr. Gonzales and his aides in which they discussed the dismissals last year, 10 days before most of them happened. Mr. Gonzales had previously said that he was “not involved in any discussions about what was going on” and that he had mostly followed the process from a distance.
Speaking on “Meet the Press” on NBC, Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said he spoke with Mr. Gonzales on Saturday and told him “he was going to have to have an explanation as to why he said he wasn’t involved in discussions—that’s the key word—and now you have these e-mails which appear to contradict that.”
White House officials continued to defend Mr. Gonzales, saying the e-mail messages did not directly contradict anything he had said and noting that he had not disputed that at the end of the process he signed off on the final list of prosecutors to be dismissed. President Bush said in his Saturday radio address that he strongly supported Mr. Gonzales in the decision to oust the prosecutors, though he has said he believes that more explanation is necessary.