Last Week, US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) predicted that Gonzales would resign soon as a result of the US Attorney firings, and said over the weekend that he believed the resignation would come before the no-confidence vote. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has also called for Gonzales' resignation after hearing testimony from former US Deputy Attorney General James Comey regarding an attempt by Gonzales to persuade former Attorney General John Ashcroft to authorize the warrantless domestic surveillance program while he was incapacitated in the hospital, critically ill with pancreatitis. Although the event did not relate to the US Attorney firings, Hagel said that it showed Gonzales lacked the "moral authority to lead" the DOJ.
President Bush said Monday that he still fully supports US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales despite the growing number of Republicans who have expressed concern over the firings of nine federal prosecutors, telling reporters at a press conference on the Bush Ranch that "He has got my confidence. He has done nothing wrong...I stand by Al Gonzales." Last week, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said that the administration considers the proposed Senate vote of no-confidence in Gonzales a political stunt.
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