CBS Says Gonzales Will Exit Soon — As McClatchy Reports His Apology to Attorneys

By: E&P Staff

CBS News reported Friday night that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will be fired soon, probably after another weekend of taking shots from Democrats and Republicans alike.

The report came on the CBS Evening News.

Republicans close to the White House told CBS News chief White House correspondent Jim Axelrod that President Bush is in “his usual posture: pugnacious, that no one is going to tell him who to fire.” But sources also said Gonzales’ firing is just a matter of time, Axelrod said.

The White House is bracing for a weekend of criticism and more calls for Gonzales to go, CBS related. One source said he’s never seen the administration in such deep denial, “and Republicans are growing increasingly restless for the president to take action,” CBS reported.

Meanwhile, one of the eight recently fired U.S. attorneys told Katie Couric he lost his job because he “did not play ball” with powerful Republicans.

“I believe, and I think all my colleagues believe, the real reason is partisan politics,” the former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, David Iglesias told Couric. “I believe I was fired because I did not play ball with two members of the Republican delegation here in New Mexico. I did not give them privileged information that could have been used in the October and November time frame.”

McClatchy Newspapers report that Gonzales “apologized to the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys in a conference call Friday as he tried to hold on to his job amid the scandal over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

“In another move to repair his credibility, Gonzales named a respected U.S. attorney from Virginia, Chuck Rosenberg, as his interim chief of staff to replace Kyle Sampson, who stepped down because of his involvement in the controversy.”

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