By Elana Schor - 03/22/07 11:10 AM EDT
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (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 Hatch (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.