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Reports: Firing of All U.S. Attorneys Was Proposed

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Within a few weeks, seven prosecutors were forced out of their jobs. Now New York Senator Charles Schumer is one of several Democratic lawmakers who want Gonzales to resign.

INSKEEP: Attorney General Gonzales is a nice man, but he either doesn't accept or doesn't understand that he is no longer just the president's lawyer but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution, even when the president should not want it to be so.

INSKEEP: That's New York Senator Charles Schumer speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation." A White House spokeswoman said yesterday that the prosecutors were removed for performance reasons and that the move was, quote, "perfectly appropriate and within our discretion." Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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