Larsen Renews Call for Gonzales to Resign</A

May 16, 2007


Washington, D.C. -  In light of former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey’s testimony yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today renewed his call for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Larsen first called for the Attorney General’s resignation in March. Larsen released the following statement today:

"Former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee has shed further light on Attorney General Gonzales’ actions and priorities as a public servant. The events described by Mr. Comey defy common decency and reveal contempt for the rule of law."

"It seems that while Mr. Gonzales served as President Bush’s White House Counsel, he pushed to continue spying on American citizens in spite of the Justice Department’s determination that the domestic spying program was illegal. When others stood by their principles, Mr. Gonzales rode roughshod over their concerns and authorized the program without approval from the Justice Department."

"As the Attorney General of the United States, Mr. Gonzales has continued to act as if he were President Bush’s personal lawyer. His resignation is long overdue."