Senate Attempts No Confidence Vote On Gonzales

June 11, 2007

Hours before Senators cast votes on whether or not they remain confident in the attorney general, President Bush reaffirmed that he is standing by Alberto Gonzales.

"This process has been drug out a long time, which says to me it's political. There's no wrongdoing" said Bush.

Speaking to reporters in Bulgaria Bush said, even if the senate does pass a measure saying it has no confidence in the attorney general, Gonzales is not going anywhere.

"They can try to have their votes of no confidence, but it's not going to determine, make the determination who serves in my government" said Bush.

No one predicts that the no confidence resolution will pass even a test vote, but not many Senators are rushing to defend Gonzales.

Democrats pounced on the attorney general when he appeared on Capitol Hill in April to testify under oath about the firings of eight federal prosecutors and the way he explained their dismissals.

Support for Gonzales dwindled on both sides of the aisle after he told Senators several times, he couldn't recall key details about the firings, and their aftermath.

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