Did he resign for the kids?

After stating earlier this year, “I’m not going to resign — I’m going to stay focused on protecting our kids,” Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation this morning but declined to give an explanation. Gonzales said:

Yesterday I met with President Bush and informed him of my decision to conclude my government service as attorney general of the United States effective as of September 17th, 2007. … And I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people.


After a short statement, Gonzales rushed off the podium, hounded by questions such as, “Why are you leaving?” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/08/gonzoresig.320.240.flv]

UPDATE: The AP has a round-up of reactions from lawmakers and others to Gonzales’ resignation. The Gavel has more.