Congress can’t stand that it doesn’t hold all the cards. This is actually a good thing to firm up the separation of powers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican on the Senate
Judiciary Committee predicted on Sunday Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales might step down in the face of a substantial
Senate “no-confidence” vote on his performance.The White House said it was unclear whether there would be
such a vote and criticized those Democrats pushing for it,
singling out New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record) in
“As for no-confidence votes, maybe senators need a
refresher course on American civics,” said White House
spokesman Tony Fratto, with
President George W. Bush in
Crawford, Texas. “What I mean is I think you find no-confidence
votes in parliamentary systems, not the American system of
Asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” whether many Republicans
would join the majority Democrats in voting against Gonzales
possibly as early as this week, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record)
of Pennsylvania said, “I think so.”
“You already have six Republicans calling for his
resignation,” he said. “I have a sense … that before the vote
is taken, that Attorney General Gonzales may step down.”
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