Leahy urges former Gonzales aide to testify voluntarily

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Live coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill 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 Grant HatchFinance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea Week ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reform 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.