Washington. DC (Ucs News) – The Attorney General of the United States spoke out angrily demanding the embattled Alberto Gonzales resign his position immediately. Gonzales shot back that he “serves at the pleasure of the President.” The Attorney General then called Gonzales an “incompetent baboon” and stormed out of the conference chamber.
The showdown between the Attorney General and Alberto Gonzales had been expected as many Republicans and Democrats have been calling for his termination. The Senate Judiciary Committee has been probing the Gonzales’ involvement in the firings of 8 US attorneys. As Gonzales and other Department of Justice officials gave conflicting accounts , the US Attorney General demanded that Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove and Harriet Miers testify under oath.
With his refusal to testify Gonzales has sparked a wider debate on the constitutional separation of powers. This debate exposed hidden regulations buried inside the USA Patriot act. The hidden regulations allowed US attorneys to be hired and fired at the will of the President without Congressional approval. Needless to say this enraged the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy joined the US Attorney General in calling for Gonzales to leave his post. Leahy also stated that the resignation would not end the US attorney firings probe.