President Bush is still standing behind embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling him today to reaffirm his "strong backing and support." The White House also denied rumors that it had already begun looking for Gonzales’ replacement. There was doubt about the extent of Bush’s support after White House spokesman Tony Snow’s lukewarm endorsement Monday, when he said of Gonzales, "We hope he stays."
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported: "U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was ranked among prosecutors who had ‘not distinguished themselves’ on a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in March 2005, when he was in the midst of leading the CIA leak investigation that resulted in the perjury conviction of a vice presidential aide, administration officials said yesterday."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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