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Specter Has 'Confidence' in Gonzales


Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., says he will “continue to work with the attorney general as long as he has that position.”

Specter is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. He spoke to the New York Times yesterday after President Bush told reporters that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is “an honest, honorable man, in whom I have confidence.”

Specter told Fox News Sunday that Gonzales’ continued presence is “bad for the Justice Department,” but it’s up to President Bush to decide whether to demand a resignation.

At a news briefing yesterday, Gonzales continued to maintain he will remain at the Justice Department as long as he can be effective.

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