Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is getting a two-day reprieve in his high-stakes appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee because of the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.
Democrats raised new questions about the roles he and President Bush played in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.
White House officials can exclude dissenters from taxpayer-funded appearances by President Bush without violating the protesters’ rights, according to lawyers for volunteers who helped eject three people from a hall where Bush was to speak.
Attorneys for Michael Casper and Jay Bob Klinkerman said the government has the same rights as a private corporation when its officials speak.
Congressional Democrats say there is no doubt Iraq war.
But the new majority must decide how far to go in trying to tie Bush’s hands and what will happen after the president’s inevitable veto.
The debate is likely to expose fissures among Democrats, who remain divided on whether to cut off money for the unpopular war and risk leaving troops in the lurch.