Will Alberto Gonzales Withstand the Political Siege? Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continues to face eroding support within Republican circles, while enjoying unconditional support from President Bush, as Congress investigates the firing of eight United States attorneys.
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Will Alberto Gonzales Withstand the Political Siege?

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Will Alberto Gonzales Withstand the Political Siege?

Will Alberto Gonzales Withstand the Political Siege?

Will Alberto Gonzales Withstand the Political Siege?

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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continues to face eroding support within Republican circles, and enjoy unconditional support from President Bush, as Congress continues to investigate the firing of eight United States attorneys.

The latest development in the case came when a senior aide to Gonzales decided against testifying before lawmakers about her role in the ousters of eight federal prosecutors. Monica Goodling announced she would invoke her Fifth Amendment right to avoid possibly incriminating herself if called to testify before Congress.

So what are the chances Gonzales will hand in his resignation? Legal Analyst Dahlia Lithwick of Slate speaks with Madeleine Brand.