Dems Crank Up Heat on Gonzales

No-confidence vote on the table; US attorney hit list keeps growing
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2007 7:34 AM CDT
Dems Crank Up Heat on Gonzales
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, listens to testimony during an oversight hearing of the Smithsonian Institution by the committee in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Alberto Gonzales will face a non-binding motion of no confidence in the Senate as soon as next week, intensifying pressure on the AG to resign. The Washington Post reports today that the list of US attorneys his office considered for dismissal—which Gonzales has testified included just eight names—now numbers 30.

Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein will offer the no-confidence vote, intended to demonstrate how much the AG's GOP support has waned. "Any faith that he can run the department is gone," Schumer said. Asked yesterday about Gonzales' role in a 2004 attempt to secure approval of the domestic surveillance program from hospitalized AG John Ashcroft, President Bush would not comment. (Read more Alberto Gonzales stories.)

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