Attorney General Resigns

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confirms that he is resigning.

Gonzales told reporters at the Justice Department that it's been one of his "greatest privileges to lead the Department of Justice." He says his resignation will take effect on September 17th.

For months, both Republican and Democratic critics have called on Gonzales to vacate his seat over warrantless wiretapping and the firing of U.S. attorneys.

During the congressional investigation into whether there were political motives in the firing of the attorneys, Democrats repeatedly hinted that Gonzales was lying.

Gonzales maintained the dismissals were based on the prosecutors' lackluster performances.

His likely temporary replacement is Solicitor General Paul Clement.

Gonzales is the fourth top-level Bush administration official to leave since the Democrats were swept into power in Congress in the November elections.


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