- Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet
- Kraft recalls 96K pounds of Oscar Mayer hot dogs over cheese error
- Boy Scouts boots church as host after gay leadership dispute
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new book raises 2016 presidential speculation
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Hillary Clinton won’t be first female president
- French president accuses Syria’s Assad of gassing his own citizens
- Jimmy Carter’s grandson makes gains in governor’s race in Georgia
- Yemen: Airstrike targets al Qaeda training camps
- Easter worshippers shocked as car rams church, injuring 21
Gonzales faces Senate no-confidence vote
The U.S. Senate will take a “no-confidence” vote in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales next week, Democrats said yesterday, as calls for Mr. Gonzales to resign intensified among lawmakers in his own party.
“It seems the only person who has confidence in the attorney general is President Bush,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, who announced the measure and will sponsor it along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat.
“The president long ago should have asked the attorney general to step down,” he said.
The no-confidence vote will be premised on a charge that Mr. Gonzales has sacrificed the Justice Department’s loyalty to the law by making it a political arm of the Bush administration, as demonstrated by the firing of eight federal prosecutors last year.
However, some Republican senators who have called on Mr. Gonzales to resign said they would not vote for Mr. Schumer’s no-confidence measure.
“If that were brought to the floor, I think Dr. Coburn would bring a vote to the floor calling for a vote of no confidence in Congress’ ability to balance the budget,” said John Hart, spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican.
Mr. Coburn told Mr. Gonzales in a public hearing last month that the attorney general should resign, but Mr. Hart said the senator thinks Mr. Schumer’s no-confidence measure is “a silly partisan stunt.”
“It serves no other purpose other than to raise money for Democratic candidates,” said Mr. Hunt, referring to Mr. Schumer’s role as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, his party’s chief fundraising arm.
But Mr. Schumer said the no-confidence vote, which would have no binding or legal authority, would draw support from at least 60 senators. That would require nine Republican votes if all 51 Democrats and the two Democratic-leaning Independents vote for the measure.
Another Republican senator, Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, called on Mr. Gonzales yesterday to resign, bringing the total number to five. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, called for Mr. Gonzales’ resignation on Wednesday.
Another Republican, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, told the Associated Press that Mr. Gonzales “ought to think” about resigning.
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, said that “when we finish our investigation, we may have the conclusion of the tenure of the attorney general.”
Mr. Specter, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly criticized Mr. Gonzales but has said President Bush must decide whether the attorney general stays or goes.
“I think when our investigation is concluded, it’ll be clear even to the attorney general and the president that we’re looking at a dysfunctional department which is vital to the national welfare,” Mr. Specter said.
Meanwhile, a testimony date has been set for Mr. Gonzales’ former Justice Department liaison to the White House, Monica Goodling.
Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
- Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him
- Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
- USAID documents cite Hillary Clinton in chaos of Afghan aid
- Special Forces' suicide rates hit record levels casualties of 'hard combat'
- CURL: Shelly O first lady Michelle Obama comes in last
- Inside China: Marine's comment on islands draws sharp Chinese response
- Building a D.C. memorial for an endless war bumps into regulations
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- No rush: Bob Goodlatte waits for heads to cool on heated legislation
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.