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Specter: 'No confidence' vote will make Gonzales quit

Specter said Sunday Gonzales is likely to resign before the Senate delivers "a forceful, historical statement."

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A leading Republican senator predicted Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would quit before facing a "substantial" no-confidence vote, but the White House said such a vote would have no effect on the Justice Department chief.

Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Gonzales was likely to resign before the Senate delivers "a forceful, historical statement."

"I think that if and when he sees that coming, that he would prefer to avoid that kind of an historical black mark," the Pennsylvania senator told CBS' "Face the Nation."

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