Gonzales faces House Judiciary Committee

Is he lying about the number of prosecutors purged, too?

Published May 10, 2007 12:56PM (EDT)

One more question for Alberto Gonzales as he sits down before the House Judiciary Committee this morning: Now that a ninth U.S. attorney -- Missouri's Todd Graves -- has come forward to say that he, too, was forced to resign last year, why does the attorney general say in his opening statement that only eight U.S. attorneys resigned?

As we noted yesterday, Gonzales will tell members of the committee that it's time to put the purge behind them and get back to the work of justice. The response from Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers: Fat chance. "For anybody to be suggesting that this matter is over or closed is pretty far off base," he says.

And the message from John McKay, who was the U.S. attorney for western Washington before he lost his job in the purge: "I think there will be a criminal case that will come out of this. This is going to get worse, not better."

By Tim Grieve

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

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