Bush Lashes Out at Gonzales Critics

Prez says AG's 'good name was dragged through the mud'
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2007 1:41 PM CDT
President Bush, right, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, attend a celebration of Cinco de Mayo in this Friday, May 4, 2007 file photo, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Embattled...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Remaining loyal to his old Texas pal, President Bush fiercely defended Alberto Gonzales today despite grudgingly accepting his resignation. Bush said the AG suffered "unfair treatment" and that his "good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons." Some Republican lawmakers echoed Bush's statements while others joined Democrats in saying "good riddance."

Susan Collins called the resignation "a positive step forward," while John Cornyn called it a "sad commentary on the hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington." Harry Reid said bluntly that "Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job." Solicitor General Paul Clement will serve as acting AG until a replacement is found.