Bush Says He Will Take Care Of Any Wrongdoing Found In Prosecutor-Firing Probe
Thursday, May 24th 2007, 10:48 AM CDT
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush said Thursday he would address any wrongdoing uncovered by congressional or other investigations related to the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but added that new allegations have not swayed his support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
``If there's wrongdoing, it will be taken care of,'' Bush told reporters at a Rose Garden news conference. Congress and the Justice Department are conducting separate probes into the firings, which Democrats say were improperly political.
Bush said the investigations of the dismissals and questions about Gonzales' conduct is ``kinda being drug out'' for political reasons and urged House and Senate committees to wrap up their hearings and get on with legislative business.
Asked whether he still supports Gonzales, Bush replied: ``Yes, I've got confidence in Al Gonzales doing the job.''
A day earlier, Gonzales' former White House liaison recounted what she called an ``uncomfortable'' conversation with the attorney general in which he tried to review the events leading up to the firings. The mid-March meeting, Monica Goodling recalled in a daylong House Judiciary Committee hearing, came well after Gonzales and top Justice officials knew they would be called to testify about those same events.
Democrats have said Goodling's account makes it sound like Gonzales was trying to coach her and get their stories straight. The Justice Department denies that, contending that Gonzales was trying to comfort Goodling at a difficult time.
Also Thursday, Senate Democrats were introducing a resolution expressing no confidence in Gonzales.
``It is the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people,'' reads a draft of the resolution.
It was unclear when the measure would be considered on the Senate floor.