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WASHINGTON - July 24: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the firings of nine US attorneys last year and other matters. Democrats on the committee, along with the panel's ranking Republican, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, questioned Gonzales bluntly about the hospital trip, the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year, and other matters. Gonzales enjoys little credibility with the committee and his answers did nothing to rehabilitate his standing. President Bush has asserted executive privilege over White House documents, and the testimony of current and former White House officials, on the U.S. attorney firings. The House Judiciary Committee is moving to respond with contempt of Congress citations against the White House and former White House counsel Harriet Miers. The Senate committee might soon take similar action. But Gonzales declined to answer queries from senators about the administration's apparent unwillingness to allow the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to take a contempt of Congress citation before a grand jury, as called for under federal law. Gonzales is recused from Justice Department matters involving the federal prosecutor firings. (Photo by Dana Statton/Congressional Quarterly)..

WASHINGTON - July 24: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the firings of nine US attorneys last year and other matters. Democrats on the committee, along with the panel's ranking Republican, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, questioned Gonzales bluntly about the hospital trip, the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year, and other matters. Gonzales enjoys little credibility with the committee and his answers did nothing to rehabilitate his...
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