Senate 'No Confidence' Vote on Gonzales?

In the latest salvo in the continuing controversy over U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys as part of an alleged political purge, Democrats in the Senate are reportedly considering a call for a non-binding no-confidence vote.

Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newsletter, reported this development early this afternoon. (Hat tip to for bringing the item to our attention.)

Gonzales has vowed to stay in office as long as he can effectively serve, following a hearing last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that many observers saw as highly detrimental to his public stature and public suggestions by some legislators in both the Democratic and Republican parties that he should resign. But President Bush, who has the power to fire the embattled attorney general, has continued to voice his support for Gonzales.

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