UDALL CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES TO RESIGN
Colorado Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) released the following statement today calling on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign:
"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that he played no role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. However, yesterday in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the AG's former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, said that Gonzales approved the dismissals and that he had at least five discussions with him about firing the federal prosecutors. And documents released earlier by the Justice Department are consistent with Mr. Sampson's version of events.
"It is time for Mr. Gonzales to resign. He can no longer be effective as the nation's top law enforcement officer with this cloud over his head. His lack of candor is very troubling, his credibility with Congress and the American people is shattered and his management of the Justice Department is in serious doubt. The Justice Department needs strong, credible leadership that will carry out the department's mission with the highest integrity and public confidence, especially at a time when we are engaged in a fight against terrorism.
"While there is no evidence of criminal wrong-doing and every president is entitled to hire and fire U.S. Attorneys, the idea that the Bush administration would use the Justice Department as a partisan political tool rather than as an impartial enforcer of the law is repugnant and strikes at the very heart of justice. Perhaps under new leadership, the administration can restore the American public's faith in the department."