Salazar: Gonzales should quit |

Salazar: Gonzales should quit

DENVER ” Colorado Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign Friday, saying the Department of Justice had become too politicized.

Salazar joined a growing number of Democrats and a handful of Republicans saying Gonzales should step down amid allegations that federal prosecutors were fired for political reasons and revelations Gonzales pressured his ailing predecessor to sign off on a controversial eavesdropping program.

This week, two senators said they will offer a nonbinding resolution expressing that Gonzales is too weakened to run the Justice Department.

Salazar said he told Gonzales he no longer had confidence in his leadership. He said Gonzales thanked him for the call but said nothing about his plans.

“It is time for us to get a fresh start in the Department of Justice,” Salazar said.

Unlike many other Democrats, Salazar had supported Gonzales’ nomination as attorney general, and he repeated Friday that he considers Gonzales a friend. But this week he voiced doubts about Gonzales’ leadership.

Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., is weighing whether to call for Gonzales to resign, an aide said Friday.

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