Schiff, Davis Comment on Senate Vote Regarding No Confidence in Attorney General Gonzales
Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Artur Davis (D-AL), cosponsors of H. Res. 417 expressing no confidence in the performance of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, issued the following statements on the Senate's consideration of a similar resolution. Reps. Schiff and Davis, both former federal prosecutors, drafted the House resolution in response to the failures of Attorney General Gonzales to adequately and properly manage the Department of Justice. Currently, Reps. Schiff and Davis's resolution has 118 cosponsors.
"The Justice Department continues to suffer from a lack of strong and credible leadership and from low morale," said Schiff. "This undermines the administration of justice and the American people's confidence in the justice system. The President's loyalty to a friend and long-term ally cannot supersede the best interests of the Department and nation. The Attorney General should go."
"I applaud the Senate's efforts today and hope the strong showing of support for resolutions of no confidence in both houses will hasten his departure."
"After extensive hearings in both the House and Senate, the facts strongly suggest that Attorney General Gonzalez provided at best incomplete information about his knowledge of why 10 U.S. Attorneys were terminated. It is even more clear that the majority of those terminations were a product of partisan lobbying and that the independence of U.S. Attorneys offices around the country has been called into legitimate question," Rep. Davis said. "The Senate has taken the right steps today in moving for a vote of no confidence in his leadership, and it is my hope that the House leadership will take similar steps in the near future."