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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Sununu becomes first Republican to call for Gonzales' dismissal

Sununu said President Bush should 'fire' Gonzales.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire, called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to be 'fired' Wednesday, the first Republican to do so.

"The president should fire the attorney general and replace him as soon as possible with someone who can provide strong, aggressive leadership prosecuting the war on terrorism, running the Department of Justice, and working with the president and Congress on important homeland security matters," Sununu said in a statement.

Sununu also said that Gonzales' poor handling of the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys has created a "widespread lack of confidence in the ability of the attorney general to effectively serve the president at a very important time."

Earlier Wednesday the president acknowledged Gonzales had made mistakes but said he had "confidence" in him.
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