Hagel Calls For Gonzales Resignation
Posted by nytexan on May 17, 2007
Gonzales and Card’s hospital visit to Ashcroft to pressure him in reauthorizing wiretapping just might be the final nail in the Gonzales coffin.
Sen. Chuck Hagel on Wednesday became the latest Republican to call for Alberto Gonzales’ resignation, saying revelations about a sick bed visit to his predecessor have undermined his moral authority to lead the Justice Department.
Citing dramatic testimony a day earlier that revealed that Gonzales, then the White House legal counsel, tried to undermine the department he now leads, Hagel demanded the attorney general’s resignation.
“The American people deserve an attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question,” Hagel, R-Neb., said in a statement. “Attorney General Gonzales can no longer meet this standard. He has failed this country. He has lost the moral authority to lead.”
Hagel’s harsh words came in response to testimony Tuesday by James Comey, deputy to Gonzales’ predecessor, John Ashcroft. Comey said that Gonzales pressured an ailing Ashcroft to approve the legality of President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. Ashcroft critically ill with pancreatitis at the time rebuffed Gonzales, Comey recalled.