Gonzales Fingers Lame-Duck Aide
McNulty responsible for US attorney firings, AG contends
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2007 7:25 PM CDT
National Press Club officials remove an unidentified hooded demonstrator at the club in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2007, as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was to speak at a news maker event. (AP...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Paul McNulty bears the ultimate responsibility for the US attorney firings, Alberto Gonzales said today, placing the blame for the scandal rocking the Justice Department on its second-highest-ranking official. "He signed off on the names," the AG said. McNulty, who announced yesterday that he'll step down this summer, declined to respond, the AP reported.

A woman who called for the AG to resign interrupted his speech at the National Press Club and was removed. He has outlasted three other high-ranking department officials forced out by the scandal and continued to insist that he won't step down, saying, "At the end of the day, that is a question for the president of the United States."