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04/19/07--Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., during the Senate Judiciary hearing with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testifies on the firings of several U.S. attorneys. Gonzales testified that he could not recall a November 2006 meeting in which he and senior Justice Department officials discussed the firings. Gonzales told the committee that although he has seen his calendar entry for the Nov. 27 meeting, ÒI have no recollectionÓ it took place. Kyle Sampson, GonzalesÕ former chief of staff, told the panel last month that Gonzales attended the meeting and that Sampson and other Justice Department officials discussed a plan for firing federal prosecutors. Gonzales said Thursday, ÒI donÕt know [that] a decision was made at that meetingÓ and that he does not recall precisely when he decided to fire seven of the eight U.S attorneys dismissed in 2006. The embattled attorney general has been contrite and combative by turns during the hearing, which continues Thursday afternoon. His lack of ability to recall several details about the firings has left lawmakers on both sides of the panel, including some key GOP senators, scratching their heads. One danger for Gonzales is that the more uninvolved he portrays himself in the firings, the more he looks like an attorney general who is not in charge of his own Justice Department. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said he was Òworried aboutÓ the fact that Gonzales could not recall the Nov. 27 meeting. Sessions, normally one of the most deferential members of the committee to Bush administration witnesses, was unusually blunt with Gonzales from the start. ÒYour ability to lead the Department of Justice is in question,Ó Sessions said in his opening statement. And Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Gonzales has a Òtremendous credibility problem with members of the Congress.Ó Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

04/19/07--Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., during the Senate Judiciary hearing with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testifies on the firings of several U.S. attorneys. Gonzales testified that he could not recall a November 2006 meeting in which he and senior Justice Department officials discussed the firings. Gonzales told the committee that although he has seen his calendar entry for the Nov. 27 meeting, ÒI have no recollectionÓ it took place. Kyle Sampson,...
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