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CBS Says Gonzales Will Exit Soon -- as McClatchy Reports His Apology to Attorneys

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CBS Says Gonzales Will Exit Soon -- as McClatchy Reports His Apology to Attorneys

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CBS News reported Friday night that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will be fired soon, probably after another weekend of taking shots from Democrats and Republicans alike.

The report came on the CBS Evening News.

Republicans close to the White House told CBS News chief White House correspondent Jim Axelrod that President Bush is in "his usual posture: pugnacious, that no one is going to tell him who to fire." But sources also said Gonzales' firing is just a matter of time, Axelrod said.

The White House is bracing for a weekend of criticism and more calls for Gonzales to go, CBS related. One source said he's never seen the administration in such deep denial, "and Republicans are growing increasingly restless for the president to take action," CBS reported.

Meanwhile, one of the eight recently fired U.S. attorneys told Katie Couric he lost his job because he "did not play ball" with powerful Republicans. …

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