SUNUNU: PRESIDENT BUSH SHOULD FIRE ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALES
WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senator John Sununu (R-NH) today (3/14) recommended that the President fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Sununu issued the following statement:
“During the next two years, our nation must address critical questions affecting the investigation, pursuit, and prosecution of terrorism at home and abroad. In this effort, we must have a strong, credible Attorney General who holds the confidence of Congress and the American people.
“I do not believe Alberto Gonzales can fill that role. The President should fire the Attorney General and replace him as soon as possible with someone who can provide strong, aggressive leadership prosecuting the war on terrorism, running the Department of Justice, and working with the President and Congress on important homeland security matters.
“When the Patriot Act was due to be reauthorized two years ago, the Attorney General failed to address bi-partisan concerns early in the process, resulting in a Senate filibuster and unnecessary delays in passing legislation.
“During the same period, the Justice Department gave assurances to Congress with regard to the use of National Security Letters. The recent Inspector General’s report has shown that our worst fears regarding the documentation and oversight of National Security Letters were all too real.
“Finally, the Attorney General failed to exercise effective supervision in the recent dismissal of United States Attorneys. These failures have created a deep, widespread lack of confidence in the ability of the Attorney General to effectively serve the President at a very important time.”
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