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Schumer: White House Holding ‘Active And Avid Discussion’ Over Gonzales Resignation

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"Schumer: White House Holding ‘Active And Avid Discussion’ Over Gonzales Resignation"

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference moments ago to react to new emails showing that Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales had a deeper role in the U.S. Attorney scandal than they originally acknowledged.

Schumer told reporters, “I know, from other sources, that there is an active and avid discussion in the White House whether [Gonzales] should stay or not,” adding that “the odds are very high that he will no longer be the attorney general.”

Schumer also revealed that the emails leaked today came from a disgruntled Bush administration official. “One of the reasons everything is getting out here is that there are people, particularly in the Justice Department, who have been so disgusted with what’s happening that information is getting out,” Schumer said. “And I think the White House and the Justice Department know it’s gonna get out whether they release it or not.”

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SCHUMER: But what’s happened — and one of the reasons everything is getting out here is that there are people, particularly in the Justice Department, who have been so disgusted with what’s happening that information is getting out, and I think the White House and the Justice Department know it’s gonna get out whether they release it or not.

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SCHUMER: I think there will be a crescendo for Attorney General Gonzales to resign. I think the odds are very high that he will no longer be the attorney general. I know, from other sources, that there is an active and avid discussion in the White House whether he should stay or not. It’s hard to see how he can be effective as attorney general in the future. If

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