Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley has joined with several of his colleagues, who are asking for an investigation into the testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Waterloo Democrat says they’ve filed a resolution that would direct the House Judiciary Committee to examine whether Gonzales should be impeached for lying under oath.
Braley insists the lawmakers are not prejudging the outcome, "We are trying to afford the Attorney General the due process that he denied some of his subordinates." All of the Congressmen co-sponsoring the resolution are Democrats. Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley says he will not join the call for a perjury investigation, and describes the action as "politically motivated."
Braley, meanwhile, says the accusation that the head of the Department of Justice delivered false testimony under oath is a very serious matter. "I respectfully disagree with Senator Grassley," Braley says, "there are people who want the Attorney General to be the representative of the Department of Justice and to hold that office with the integrity and distinction that it should have…and don’t feel that this president or this country are being served by this Attorney General in that fashion."
Some Democrats in the Senate want Gonzales to face perjury charges for comments he made that allegedly contradict what the FBI director said occurred during initiation of a wire-tapping program.