Specter: ‘Gonzales May Step Down’

May 20, 2007 11:40am

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: As Democrats push forward on plans for a no-confidence vote, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Arlen Specter R-Penn., predicted that embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would resign.

"I have a sense, Bob, that before the vote is taken, that Attorney General Gonzales may step down," Specter told CBS’s Bob Schieffer Sunday on "Face the Nation."

Specter stopped short of calling for Gonzales’ resignation himself but said a no-confidence vote is a "very forceful, historical statement" and that Gonzales would want to avoid that kind of historical "black mark".

"I think historically that is something which Attorney General Gonzales would like to avoid," he said.

Six Republican senators have joined Democrats in calling for Attorney General Gonzales to resign in the wake of the controversy surrounding the firing of eight US Attorneys.

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