Yesterday, presidential candidates John Edwards and Hillary Clinton called on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. This followed Senator Chuck Schumer's reiteration of his call for the AG to resign. Edwards was first. Here is an excerpt from the statement released by his campaign (courtesy of TPMcafe):
"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales betrayed his public trust by playing politics when his job is to enforce and uphold the law. By violating that trust, he's done a great disservice to his office. If White House officials ordered this purge, he should have refused them. If they insisted, he should have resigned in protest. Attorney General Gonzales should certainly resign now."
Hillary was not far behind in condemning Gonzales' actions. During an interview with Good Morning America, Clinton had this to say:
"The buck should stop somewhere...and the attorney general who still seems to confuse his prior role as the president's personal attorney with his duty to the system of justice and to the entire country should resign."