Sunday, June 10, 2007

In case you were holding your breath | News Wires: By HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Sunday dismissed Senate plans to hold a no-confidence vote on the attorney general and said the outcome will not undermine President Bush's resolve to keep Alberto Gonzales at the Justice Department.

'Not a bit. Purely symbolic vote,' presidential spokesman Tony Snow said. He was asked in a broadcast interview whether Bush might reconsider his decision to support Gonzales should a sizable number of Republican senators vote for the no-confidence resolution.

'It is perfectly obvious that the president has the right to hire and fire people who serve at his pleasure,' Snow said.

On Monday, the Senate planned to debate the one-sentence measure that declares Gonzales 'no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people.'

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