Angry senators suggested a special prosecutor should investigate misconduct at the Justice Department, accusing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday of deceit on the prosecutor firings and President Bush's eavesdropping program.
Democrats and Republicans alike hammered Gonzales in four hours of testimony as he denied trying, as White House counsel in 2004, to push a hospitalized attorney general into approving a counterterror program that the Justice Department then viewed as illegal.
Gonzales, alternately appearing wearied and seething, vowed anew to remain in his job even as senators told him outright they believe he is unqualified to stay.
He would not answer numerous questions, including whether the Bush administration would bar its U.S. attorneys from pursuing contempt charges against current and former White House officials who have defied congressional subpoenas for their testimony.
"It's hard to see anything but a pattern of intentionally misleading Congress again and again," Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told Gonzales during the often-bitter Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "Shouldn't the attorney general of the United States meet a higher standard?"
"Obviously, there have been instances where I have not met that standard, and I've tried to correct that," Gonzales answered.
The hearing rekindled a political furor that began with last year's firings of nine U.S. attorneys and led to disclosure of a Justice Department hiring process that favored Republican loyalists. Gonzales has soldiered on with Bush's support, despite repeated calls for his resignation and questions about his role in a hospital room confrontation with then-Attorney General John Ashcroft over whether to renew a classified but potentially illegal national security program.
The absurd notion of Justice continues unabated at the IN-Justice Department as the head monkey digs himself a deeper hole.
Will any action be taken to relieve our ailing country of the scourge by the name of Gonzales?
One can only hope the curtain will be opened to reveal the phony wizard pulling the controls in the land called D.C. However I will not be holding my breath.
It was Congressman Conyers that prior to having Cindy Sheehan and others arrested there was not enough votes for impeachment. I'm pretty sure that includes ANY repug. currently pillaging The Constitution, (or whats left of it) including speedy.
Our country is being sacrificed on the funeral pyre, with The Constitution being used for kindling.