Justice Dept. Will Investigate Whether Gonzales Lied

US attorney firings probe will expand
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 10:56 AM CDT
Justice Dept. Will Investigate Whether Gonzales Lied
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, center, listens with FBI Special Agent in Charge Jim Bernazanni left, and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, as they tour the New Orleans Family Justice Center in New Orleans Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Justice Department will investigate whether Alberto Gonzales gave misleading testimony to Congress, including whether he lied about the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program and the US attorney firings. Inspector General Glenn Fine has alerted Congress to an expanded internal probe into the actions of the lame-luck AG, the Washington Post reports.

Fine's notification is the first sign that the IG is zeroing in on Gonzales' testimony, which also concerned the use of national security letters and whether the AG attempted to influence top aide Monica Goodling's congressional testimony. Meanwhile, the White House said today that President Bush is unlikely to nominate a successor to Gonzales until returning from Australia next month. (Read more Alberto Gonzales stories.)

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