The resignation under pressure of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is not the end of this affair according to many Democratic politicians and some Republicans in Washington. Critics say the Attorney General’s sacking of federal judges last year was politically motivated. Gonzales faced months of accusations from Congress that he politicized the office to benefit President George Bush, the man who appointed him.
Bush continued his praise for Gonzales after his resignation. “It is sad that we live in a time when a talented and honourable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeding [sic] from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.”
New York Democratic senator Charles Schumer says all that the Democrats want is someone who puts the rule of law first: “It`s been a long and difficult struggle but at last the Attorney General has done the right thing and stepped down. For the previous six months the Justice Department has been virtually non-functional and desperately needs new leadership.”
A new Bush nominee for the post vacated by Gonzales could face a difficult challenge winning support from Senate Democrats, among them several presidential candidates. Gonzales gave no reason for his sudden decision to leave.
The 52-year-old became the first Hispanic Attorney General in February 2005.