Numbers of the Day

122 ... 16 ... is Gonzales' number up?

Published March 30, 2007 1:22PM (EDT)

122: The number of times former Alberto Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson said "I don't remember" as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

16: The number of days that have passed since George W. Bush said that he'd talked with Gonzales "about his need to go up to Capitol Hill and make it very clear to members in both political parties why the Justice Department made the decisions it made."

Gonzales is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 17. At Thursday's White House press briefing, a reporter noted that Sampson had contradicted Gonzales' claims about his involvement -- or lack thereof -- in the firings and suggested that the White House wouldn't want to leave that question hanging until April 17. "Correct," Dana Perino said. "And so I think that we need to -- I'll need to find out if the president is going to talk -- be talking to [Gonzales] beforehand. I'm assuming that they probably would, whether it be specifically about this, or in the context of other meetings."

Perino said she's unaware of any conversations between Gonzales and Bush since March 14.

By Tim Grieve

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

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