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Fox News Alert - The President Speaks About U.S. Attorney Controversy

Reported by Donna - March 20, 2007 -

Today at 5:45 p.m. est the president came on to speak about the growing U.S. Attorney controversy. He's saying he appoints the U.S. attorneys and they serve 4 year terms.

He said the explanations given for their replacement were confusing and incomplete. He said that people on his staff will be available for interviews and he is handing over 3,000 pages of documents to explain why 8 of 93 U.S. Attorneys were replaced. He says he hopes the Democrats don't choose confrontation and he will oppose having them testify under oath.

Senator Patrick Leahy has already said they will not accept his offer of interviewing his staff, that the president shouldn't be telling the Senate how to conduct their business.

The President's saying there were complaints about the attorneys who were fired. He also said it's not too late for the Democrats to stop the partisanship.

No political pressure? He was asked. He said no one did anything improper - he did not answer the question.

Best and final offer? He was asked. Why not let them testify under oath? He said he has to safeguard and make good decisions. He's sweating and stumbling over his words. If the Democrats are truly interested in finding out the information the Democrats need to read the emails and do the interviews.

Some that were fired were Investigating Republicans? He was asked. Can the Attorney General still command support? The president said he has support for him. What about the one's investigating the Republicans - president said to wait until the facts come out in the documents and interviews.

He kept repeating that if the Democrats do want to get the complete picture they should accept his offer.