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Monday, April 23, 2007
Bush says Gonzales testimony 'increased my confidence'

President Bush renewed his support for Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales Monday while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush expressed renewed confidence Monday for embattled Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales, who has come under fire for his handling of the dismissal of U.S. attorneys.

"The attorney general went up and gave a very candid assessment and answered every question he could possibly answer, honestly answer, in a way that increased my confidence in his ability to do the job," Bush said about Gonzales testimony last week to the Senate. The president offered his support to his longtime legal confidante during remarks in the Oval Office after discussing the Iraq war with Gen. David Petraeus.

Bush's comments come a day after Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Gonzales testimony last week, 'very damaging.'

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