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Local Reps Mull Fate of Gonzales as Republican Trust Wanes

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego's congressional representatives met with members of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in San Diego on Friday. One topic of discussion was whether United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

A number of Republican congressmen across the country are starting to sour on Attorney General Gonzales. Some say they plan to call for President Bush to replace Gonzales. Others, like Representative Daryl Issa, say they'll listen to what Gonzales has to say. But their trust in him is eroding.

Issa : That has to be restored. If restoring it requires the attorney general to go, so be it. If the attorney general can demonstrate that we can have that confidence again, I think we have to listen to him. We expect to have him before out committee next week.

Representative Brian Bilbray says he'll withhold his opinion on whether Gonzales should resign.

Bilbray : Justice is something that shouldn't be pushed around by politics. We're concerned that politics did push around justice. We shouldn't allow politics to push back. We should get the facts first and let justice work its course.

Both Representatives Bob Filner and Susan Davis say Gonzales would have skated through if Republicans controlled Congress. Filner says the attorney general should resign. Subpoenas for Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers could come next week. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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