August 27, 2007
For months, Alberto Gonzalez stood his ground in the face of widespread bi-partisan criticism, but on Monday morning the embattled Attorney General announced his resignation.
"Yesterday, I met with President Bush and informed him of my decision to conclude my government service as Attorney General of the United States, effective September 17th, 2007" said Gonzales.
President Bush praised his long-time friend before departing Texas for the west coast.
Central to the Attorney General's departure, his testimony about the
administration's secret wiretapping program. Senate Democrats said it was misleading and called for an investigation into possible perjury.
The other trouble spot for Gonzales, the controversial firing of U.S.
attorneys last year and the way he handled the fallout. Critics say the dismissals were politically motivated.
Gonzales denied that claim, as well as having any direct involvement.
"We never had a discussion about where things stood" said Gonzales.
But justice department documents as well as testimony from aides and from Gonzales himself indicated the contrary. President Bush stood by Gonzales throughout the controversy, but in the end.accepted his resignation.
Justice Department official Paul Clement has been picked a temporary
replacement for Gonzales.