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

By Tim Grieve
June 11, 2007 5:01PM (UTC)
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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.

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"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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