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Hatch Says AG Was Victim of 'Absurd' Politics

Hatch Says AG Was Victim of 'Absurd' Politics

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senator Orrin Hatch says U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was a victim of Washington politics.

Hatch reacted to Gonzales' pending resignation by praising the nation's first Hispanic attorney general.

He gave Gonzales credit for protecting children from Internet predators and fighting the methamphetamine epidemic.

Hatch issued a statement this morning saying history should remember Gonzales for his service to his country, rather than for -- quote -- "the absurd political theater" in Washington.

Gonzales announced his resignation today in a terse statement that offered no explanation. President Bush was expected to have more to say about it later today.

The resignation ended a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over Gonzales' honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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