On the Scene: Gonzales Testifies

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U.S. News chief legal correspondent Chitra Ragavan sends us this update from the Senate hearing room where Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is testifying on his role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

"It's a jampacked hearing," Ragavan says. "Senators kept their own opening comments brief, a reflection of how seriously they view this hearing."

Both Democratic and Republican senators on the committee were hitting Gonzales with tough questions, Ragavan says, keeping political rhetoric to a minimum and sticking to facts.

"Some of the toughest questioning is coming from Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican who so far has resisted calling for the attorney general's ouster."

Emphasis has focused on former New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, Ragavan adds.