Bush: Gonzales has my support

The president says he'll go to the mat to block subpoenas for Karl Rove and Harriet Miers.

Published March 20, 2007 9:51PM (EDT)

George W. Bush has just spoken on the prosecutor purge. Short version: He's "confident" that Alberto Gonzales acted "appropriately," even if Congress received "incomplete and at times confusing" information about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

Bush reiterated what White House Counsel Fred Fielding said earlier today: He'll let a few members of Congress "interview" White House officials -- i.e., Karl Rove and Harriet Miers -- but he will "absolutely" go to the mat to fight efforts to have them testify under oath.

Bush said the proposal Fielding has made is "reasonable," and that Democrats who say otherwise are engaged in a "partisan fishing expedition."

When a reporter noted that Gonzales doesn't have much support left on Capitol Hill, Bush said: "Yeah? He's got support from me."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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