Leahy urges former Gonzales aide to testify voluntarily

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (D-Vt.) Thursday urged Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s former chief of staff Kyle Sampson to testify voluntarily about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys that has erupted in a firestorm of controversy. 

Leahy added he hopes to have the former aide, who resigned over the issue, testify next Thursday. 

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchHow to marry housing policy and tax reform for millions of Americans Though flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Utah) said he feels sorry for Sampson, who used to work for the committee, adding he sees him as the “fall guy.”

“Frankly, I will resent anyone who tries to hurt the man,” Hatch said.

In response to a letter from Leahy and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the committee’s ranking Republican, asking for voluntary testimony, Sampson’s lawyer Bradford Berensen asked for more time to review the request.