Controversy Plagued Top Law Enforcement Official
Aug 27, 2007
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stepped down from his post today amid a political firestorm after Congressional Democrats accused him of perjury.
He will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. to announce the resignation.
President Bush is also expected to make a statement at 11:30 a.m. today.
President Bush had defended the attorney general in recent months, accusing his detractors of playing politics.
The New York Times reports that Gonzales submitted his resignation by phone to President Bush on Friday.
Bush has yet to announce a replacement for the attorney general position, but a senior Justice Department official said that a likely temporary replacement for Gonzales is Solicitor General Paul Clement, according to the Associated Press.
There are also reports that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be named as a successor to Gonzales.
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