The White House began floating the names of possible replacements for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the Justice Department released more internal documents related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year, reports McClatchy Newspapers. One prominent Republican who had predicted that Gonzales would survive the controversy, said he expected both Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty to resign soon. The White House today denied that a search for Gonzales successors is under way, and President Bush offered support for his Attorney General.
Support for Gonzales appeared to be collapsing under the weight of questions about his truthfulness and his management ability. The moves toward Gonzales’ ouster were first reported by politico.com, the online version of The Politico newspaper. “The sands have been shifting pretty dramatically,” one Republicans. Possible replacements for Gonzales include Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox, White House anti-terrorism adviser Fran Fragos Townsend, former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and former Solicitor General Theodore Olson. “We’ve seen the e-mails now. They’re damning,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)., who called for Gonzales to step down. “He has a credibility problem, he has a trust problem and he has a growing national scandal problem.”