This is some way to start off the week before Labor Day weekend: U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned. The NY Times reports, per a White House source, that Gonzales called President Bush (who was at his ranch in Crawford) on Friday to submit his resignation: "His decision was not immediately announced, the official added, until after the president invited him and his wife to lunch at his ranch." Bush apparently accepted the resignation "grudgingly."
Gonzales has been under fire for his role in a wiretapping program and the firing of nine State Attorneys. But many believed that Bush would never fire Gonzales. Democrats and conservatives have been unhappy with Gonzales. Senator Charles Schumer has been asking for Gonzales to resign since March of this year, saying, that the Attorney General "either doesn’t accept or doesn’t understand that he is no longer just the president’s lawyer, but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution, even when the president should not want it to be so.”
There will be a press conference at 10:30AM. Solicitor General Paul Clement may take over as temporary Attorney General.