Congress is currently investigating whether the firings were politically motivated. Gonzales, backed by the White House, has maintained that the firings were appropriate. Many Republicans called for an end to the inquiries during a House Judiciary Committee hearing [JURIST report] last week, but several Senate Republicans, including Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], have insisted that the Justice Department cannot function properly under Gonzales. AP has more.
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