Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a member of the Judiciary Committee that questioned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today, calls the hearing "a sad day" that should lead to Gonzales meeting with President Bush to consider the possibility of stepping down from the helm of the Justice Department.
"He had problems explaining how this happened," Sessions told Robert Siegel about the day-long hearing. "He did some good things, and some were troubling."
Sessions, a former U.S. attorney, also agreed with the idea that the scandal has damaged the standing of the Justice Department.
The ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Arlen Specter, said at the start of today's hearing, "The purpose of this Senate oversight hearing is to determine this committee's judgment as to whether Attorney General Gonzales should continue in that capacity."
Sessions had previously said that Gonzales had "some questions he's got to answer... and he's going to have to answer them clearly and ... convincingly."