WASHINGTON — Senators in both parties concede they don’t have enough evidence to make a perjury charge stick against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to quit trying to pry him from office. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is considering asking the Justice Department’s inspector general to examine whether Gonzales’ answers to questions from lawmakers amount to misconduct.
“I am deeply concerned about the seriousness of his misleading testimony and the pattern that has developed with regards to the attorney general’s testimony over the years,” Leahy said Thursday. “At the very least, I am considering sending his answers as they stand to the inspector general for review.”
Ranking committee Republican Arlen Specter doesn’t sound like he’d stand in the way. “I think we need to finish this (the committee’s) investigation and find a way to end the tenure of Attorney General Gonzales,” Pennsylvania Sen. Specter said Thursday at a hearing.
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