05.23.07

House Resolution of Disapproval in Attorney General Gonzales Gains Quick Support

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Artur Davis (D-AL) announced that a resolution they introduced Monday, expressing no confidence in the performance of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and urging the President to request his resignation, has quickly gained support, with over a hundred Members signing on as cosponsors in just two days. Reps. Schiff and Davis, both former federal prosecutors, drafted the resolution in response to the failures of Attorney General Gonzales to adequately and properly manage the Department of Justice. 

“The extraordinary support for this House resolution so soon after introduction reflects an emerging consensus in Congress and across the country:  Mr. Gonzales should step down,” said Rep. Schiff.  “The Justice Department needs a strong and independent voice, and someone of unimpeachable credibility. We must reluctantly conclude that the current Attorney General does not fit the bill.”

“I am encouraged that a steadily rising number of our colleagues want the House to assert itself in this debate, and I am pleased that they recognize that the institutional crisis at the Department of Justice demands a no confidence resolution,” said Rep. Davis.

At the close of yesterday's business, the measure had 108 cosponsors. The text of the resolution is attached.