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Monday, August 27, 2007

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns

From Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is resigning, Bush administration officials said, after months of accusations that he politicized the U.S. Justice Department and misled Congress over the firing of federal prosecutors and wiretapping of suspected terrorists.

Gonzales will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Washington time. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the administration's top courtroom lawyer, is expected to take over on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement is named, Justice Department officials said. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a former department lawyer and federal judge, is a leading candidate to replace Gonzales, officials said.

Gonzales, propelled to power by his close friendship with President George W. Bush, had for months withstood demands for his ouster from Democrats and Republicans. At least six other high-ranking administration officials have left with more than a year to go in Bush's administration.

As recently as an Aug. 9 news conference, Bush defended Gonzales, saying, ``I haven't seen Congress say he's done anything wrong.''

The resignation climaxes a political battle over Gonzales's leadership of the Justice Department, though congressional investigations into the prosecutor firings and the administration's anti-terrorist spying program continue. Bush may also clash with Congress over Gonzales's successor, who must be confirmed by the Democratic-led Senate. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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