TOAST WATCH….McClatchy reports that the White House is already looking for a new Attorney General:
The White House began floating the names of possible replacements for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday as the Justice Department released more internal documents related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
….Possible replacements for Gonzales include Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Security and Exchange Commission chairman Chris Cox, White House anti-terrorism adviser Fran Townsend, former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson.
…. Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., said he’d back a decision by Bush to oust the attorney general.
“I’ve been disappointed in the Justice Department. We’ve had trouble getting answers form Gen. Gonzales from the start,” Feeney said. “No prudent congressman wants to be too far out there defending a group that doesn’t want to answer questions directly.”
Looks like Rep. Feeney has seen the light. Fill in your own joke in comments.
UPDATE: Mike Allen reports that Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty will also resign shortly. He’s also got some background on why Gonzales isn’t finding any support among Republicans. Nickel version: he’s a hack, but he’s not wingnutty enough for them.