Dem says Gonzales should quit

first_imgAs vice chairman of the Democratic caucus, Schumer is No. 3 in the Senate leadership. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the committee, said Gonzales’ resignation was a “question for the president and the attorney general.” “I do think there have been lots of problems,” said Specter, who last week suggested that a Gonzales tenure may have run its course. “Before we come to conclusions, I think we need to know more facts.” Meanwhile, the White House acknowledged on Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints to the Justice Department about federal prosecutors who were later fired for what critics charge were partisan political reasons. House investigators on Sunday declared their intention to question Rove about any role he may have played in the firings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Senate’s No. 3 Democrat said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign because he is putting politics above the law. Sen. Charles Schumer cited the FBI’s illegal snooping into people’s private lives and the Justice Department’s firing of federal prosecutors. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Gonzales repeatedly has shown more allegiance to President George W. Bush than to citizens’ legal rights since taking his job in early 2005. He branded Gonzales, a former White House counsel, as one of the most political attorneys general in recent history. “Attorney General Gonzales is a nice man, but he either doesn’t accept or doesn’t understand that he is no longer just the president’s lawyer, but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution even when the president should not want it to be so,” Schumer said. “And so this department has been so political that I think for the sake of the nation, Attorney General Gonzales should step down,” he said. last_img read more