Tuesday, April 24, 2007

With fresh support from Bush, Gonzales says he's not quitting

With fresh support from Bush, Gonzales says he's not quitting

Attorney general's critics concede he'll probably survive political storm
Associated Press
Originally published April 24, 2007

WASHINGTON // Bolstered by a fresh show of support from President Bush, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sought yesterday to move beyond calls for his resignation and lingering questions about his credibility after the firings of federal prosecutors.

Critics reluctantly conceded that Gonzales was likely to weather the political storm. But many scoffed at Bush's claim of having more confidence in his attorney general after Gonzales' Senate testimony last week that was filled with memory lapses.

Gonzales, speaking at a news conference about identity theft, said he was staying at the Justice Department. But he declined to say for how long.

"As long as I think that I can be effective and the president believes that I should continue to be at the head of the Department of Justice, I'll continue serving as the attorney general," Gonzales said.

He added: "Obviously, we'll be working with Congress to reassure them that we've identified that mistakes have been made here and we're taking steps to address them. But I can't just be focused on the U.S. attorneys situation."

His comments came a few hours after Bush described Gonzales as "an honest, honorable man in whom I have confidence."

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