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Hatch stands behind Gonzales
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, faithfully supported Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales today in an interview with CNN's John Roberts Friday on "American Morning," calling him a "straightforward shooting person" who should not resign over the U.S. attorney firings.

"He is an honest man," Hatch said. "I call it a tempest in a coffee cup because there was absolutely no evidence at all that the Justice Department was trying to interfere with ongoing intervention in their cases."

Gonzales is under fire for his involvement in the removal of eight U.S. attorneys.

This comes as Kyle Sampson, the attorney general's former chief of staff, testified Thursday on Capitol Hill that Gonzales knew more about the situation than he previously acknowledged.

-- CNN's Shoshana Davis
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