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Bush says no-confidence vote on Gonzales won't determine who serves in "my government."

By Tim Grieve

Published June 11, 2007 1:01PM (EDT)

At a press conference in Bulgaria this morning, George W. Bush was asked about today's test vote on a Senate resolution expressing "no confidence" in Alberto Gonzales. His response: The resolution will have "no bearing" on whether Gonzales stays or goes.

A reporter asked how Bush he could be so dismissive of Congress' views at the same time that Robert Gates, the president's defense secretary, was claiming that fears about a contentious confirmation hearing caused him not to recommend the renomination of Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Yes, it's an interesting comment about Congress, isn't it?" Bush responded. "On the one hand, they say that a good general shouldn't be reconfirmed, and on the other hand, they say that my attorney general shouldn't stay. And I find it interesting. I guess it reflects the political atmosphere of Washington. And they can try to have their votes of no confidence, but it's not going to determine -- make the determination who serves in my government."

Tim Grieve

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

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