Gonzales faces removal from office, Republicans say
Republican sources are suggesting that Alberto Gonzales' days as Attorney General in the Bush Administration may be numbered, according to a report in today's edition of The Politico.
A Republican source told Politico reporters Mike Allen and John Bresnahan that after a call of support from President George W. Bush to Gonzales the process of searching for a replacement had been frozen, but the freeze was only temporary.
"We're just waiting. They've reached out to everyone they need to reach out to and are waiting to get a 'yes' from someone," the source said.
An anonymous member of the House Republican Leadership also told the Politico reporters that Gonzales' tenure would soon end.
"I can't imagine that he's going to be around a whole lot longer," they quoted the Member of Congress saying, adding, "There's already Republicans on the Hill calling for him to quit and there's certainly not a deep well of support on the Hill for him."
The White House denied any plans were afoot to replace the Attorney General.
Subpoenas of White House officials loom
After White House Counsel Fred Fielding rejected the call for sworn testimony by various White House officials, but offered unsworn private conversations with the officials in question, Democrats in Congress responded coolly.
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, called the White House offer "disappointing." He also promised a prompt response.
"The House Judiciary Committee will take whatever steps are necessary and within our Congressional authority to get to the bottom of what has become a horrible mess that is undermining American trust in our federal criminal justice system," said Conyers in a statement sent to RAW STORY last night.
His committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law set a vote this morning to authorize subpoenas, but stopped short of immediate plans to issue subpoenas itself.
"We will not necessarily issue the subpoenas immediately," said a spokesman for Rep. Linda Sanchez, who chairs the subcommittee, in an e-mail to RAW STORY. "We are trying what we can to avoid doing that, but this vote will allow for the possibility that the White House will definitively choose to stonewall and slow-walk the investigation."
The Senate's leader on the subject, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) also called the White House's offer of unsworn statements unacceptable.
"Testimony should be on the record, and under oath. That's the formula for true accountability," he said in a statement published at CNN's Political Ticker.