The Fired Attorneys

Attorney General Gonzales has tried a non-apologizing and pawning off responsibility, but lawmakers still want answers.

Yesterday, the administration provided Congress with emails between White House aides and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ chief of staff Kyle Samson, who resigned earlier this week. The documents “show an orchestrated effort to fire several U.S. attorneys, counter to Mr. Gonzales’s previous assertions that the firings weren’t instigated by the White House.” The emails included a list of attorneys Samson thought the administration “should consider pushing out.” Gonzales said at a press conference yesterday, “I acknowledge that mistakes were made here.” Yet he pawned off responsibility to those working under him, saying, “I have 110,000 working in the department. Obviously, there are going to be decisions made that I’m not aware of all the time.” “I stand by the decision, “Gonzales concluded, “and I think it was the right decision.” Lawmakers are not accepting his non-apology. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) repeated his calls for Gonzales to step down, citing the multiple ways in which Gonzales has misled the public about the affair.

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