Leahy urges former Gonzales aide to testify voluntarily

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline 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 HatchIRS: Annual unpaid tax liability was 8B Hatch asks Treasury for memo that decreases transparency of tax rules Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill 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.