ABC News is reporting that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will resign this evening. ABC is also reporting that the White House has requested time on the major networks for a presidential address for 9pm Eastern tonight.
According to ABC News:
Sources in the White House tell ABC News that Alberto Gonzales will resign this evening. Shortly thereafter, the president will address the nation at prime time. There is speculation within the White House that the president will also ask some of his senior advisors to resign. Earlier today White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten was observed entering the White House with other staff members to attend what appeared to be a hastily organized meeting.
Attempts to contact the Justice Department and the Attorney General for comment were unsuccessful.
The Washington Post is also reporting that the White House search for a replacement for Alberto Gonzales has been successful. It is likely that the President will announce the replacement during his prime time speech tonight:
The White House has been searching since the U.S. attorneys scandal broke earlier this month for a suitable candidate to replace the current attorney general, Alberto Gonzales. Late last week, sources tell the Washington Post, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten presented President Bush with three names on a "short list" of candidates. The names on the list are reported to be Solicitor General Theodore Olson, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald, and former United States Marine and interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of California Rod Majors. Multiple sources within the Oval Office have told the Washington Post that the president will nominate Rod Majors to replace Alberto Gonzales as the next attorney general.
While a Sunday announcement is unusual, it has long been rumored that Alberto Gonzales will step down. This week’s testimony of his chief-of-staff highlighted the many inconsistencies in Mr. Gonzales’s recent statements regarding Gonzogate. I hope the president moves quickly for a Senate confirmation for Mr. Majors.
I look forward to a scandal-free next two years at the Department of Justice. I hope you the reader join me in that hope. Let us all give Mr. Majors our full support as he leads the Department of Justice and this nation out from this sticky situation.