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Gonzales Testifies before Senate Panel


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday for questioning on his handling of the firings of federal prosecutors. Gonzales was drilled for over five hours by the committee, mostly about his role in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Democrats have alleged that some of the prosecutors may have been removed for political means. Democrats believe Gonzales is attempting to interfere with political corruption probes Two of the fired prosecutors have also alleged improper pressure from GOP lawmakers as the evidence against Gonzales continues to mount. The panel hearing was widely considered to be crucial to Gonzales’s ability to hold on to his job. Alberto was careful to present an accurate defense of the firings, apologizing for the way they were handled but defending them as the "right decision." Many of the questions thrown at Gonzales elicited incoherent explanations as he struggled through the hearing. Gonzales has even come under attack from members of his own party over the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys. On Thursday Gonzales received the first resignation demand from a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Many others voiced doubts about his truthfulness and his ability to lead the Justice Department.

The story about Gonzales has been growing for months. The Washington Post covered the recent news of Republicans of his own party turning against him and calling for his resignation for the first time since he took office. The New York Times focused the majority of their story on explaining Gonzales’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Times builds their story around mostly quotes from senate members and direct testimony of Gonzales himself.

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