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Friday, March 23, 2007
AG forced to answer questions on fired U.S. Attorneys

Gonzales said Friday he has no intention of resigning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- During a media blitz planned long ago to tout a new ad campaign urging teenagers not to post private information on the web, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding the fired U.S. Attorneys.

Gonzales and the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children did a series of interviews with TV and radio stations from across the country Friday morning trying to tout the release of new public service announcements.

An anchor from WUSA-TV began her interview with Gonzales asking "wouldn't it help your President and your party as they approach the 2008 elections if you did step down for the good of your party?"

He responded, "let us wait and see what the facts are. You know the question is whether these political appointees--were they removed for improper reasons. We have already provided a lot of information to the Congress. We are going to make DOJ officials available to come and be interviewed and to testify. We want to get to the bottom of what happened here."

Gonzales also repeated he has no intention of resigning. "I think I have been effective in this position. But I will leave it for others to judge as to whether or not I can continue here. I have to remain focused on what I am doing. I am confident that we can continue to do great things for the American public, and I am just going to continue doing my job," he told KDKA radio.

-- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Carol Cratty
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