Thursday, April 19, 2007

Coburn says Gonzales should resign

A full post on Gonzales' testimony will have to wait until tomorrow. I only caught part of it on the radio, and I haven't had time to delve into it as deeply as I'd like to.

But this is worth mentioning:

Republican as well as Democratic lawmakers challenged the embattled attorney general during an often-bitter five-hour hearing before the Judiciary Committee. Lawmakers confronted Gonzales with documents and sworn testimony they said showed he was more involved in the dismissals than he contended.

"The best way to put this behind us is your resignation," Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma bluntly told Gonzales, one conservative to another. Gonzales disagreed, rejecting the idea that his departure would put the controversy to rest.

It's also not a good sign that after weeks of preparation, and knowing what the questions would be, Gonzales said "I don't know" or "I don't remember" 71 times. That's not quite as many as Kyle Sampson produced, but it's still a lot -- although one could expect quite a few of those in daylong testimony, with many repeated questions.

Other Republicans appeared to be of a mind with Coburn, even if they stopped short of openly asking for Gonzales' resignation.

Lindsey Graham: Called most of Gonzales' explanations for the firings "a stretch."

Jeff Sessions: "I think it's going to be difficult for him to be an effective leader."

Arlen Specter: Gonzales' answers "did not stick together."

Charles Grassley: "Why is your story changing?"

More tomorrow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah---it was a very UNFAIR Committee hearing. One of the most unfair I've ever seen. Complete with protesters IN THE ROOM----who hooted and hollered at Gonzales. Nice, huh? And Chairman Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy did NOT bother to have them removed. Guess that's because he invited them perhaps? I cannot imagine a Republican-led hearing such as this allowing protesters to hoot at the person testifying and allowing that kind of pitiful exhibition to go on without kicking them out. Truly a pitiful display by the Democrat-led Judiciary Committee.

JP5

4/19/2007 11:02 PM  

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