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Brian Zick

From the Albuquerque Journal story by Mike Gallagher (mentioned previously): In the spring of 2006, Domenici told Gonzales he wanted Iglesias out. Gonzales refused. He told Domenici he would fire Iglesias only on orders from the president. From Renee Schoof for McClatchy: Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said the president did not tell Gonzales to fire Iglesias. He also said that Gonzales did not recall discussing with Domenici whether or not to replace Iglesias. A White House spokesman, Trey Bohn, pointed to comments made by President Bush and his adviser Dan Bartlett last month when asked about the conversation with Domenici. Bush said that in speaking to Gonzales about U.S. attorneys, "I never brought up a specific case nor gave him specific instructions." Bartlett said that "there was no directive given, as far as telling him to fire anybody or anything like that." The "I don't recall" excuse ain't gonna play. Alberto will either fail to refresh his recollection, in which case he'll only piss off the members of Congress moreso than he has already. Or he'll get his memory back - and then he'll have to choose whether his recollection guides him to point the finger at, or take the hit for, Bush. Under oath.

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