UPDATE: Or maybe not... Still there Thursday night, US time. Gosh, it's like pulling teeth with these guys, isn't it?The World Bank is currently negotiating Wolfowitz's exit. There are very strong rumours that he will resign today.
Alberto Gonzales is also in a heckuva lotta trouble. And once these two are gone, who's next in the firing line? Condi and Rove. Then Cheney and Bush. The whole house of cards could come down pretty quickly, IMHO.
In fact, Bush is already feeling some heat from the Gonzales Senate hearings. Not from the press, of course. The New York Times saysthat that a heroic Bush was the one who called off the DoJ dogs when they went trying to get a hospitalized A.G. to sign off on their illegal NSA wiretapping scheme:
President Bush intervened in March 2004 to avert a crisis over the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program after Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director Robert S. Mueller III of the F.B.I. and other senior Justice Department aides all threatened to resign, a former deputy attorney general testified Tuesday.Wow, what a guy: calling off the dogs and taking the heat for a tough decision as well! But in fact it seems that Bush (presumably at Rove or Chenney's prompting) was actually the one who sent the bastards over to the ailing Ashcroft's bedside!
Mr. Bush quelled the revolt over the program’s legality by allowing it to continue without Justice Department approval, also directing department officials to take the necessary steps to bring it into compliance with the law, according to Congressional testimony by the former deputy attorney general, James B. Comey.
Comey: Mrs. Ashcroft reported that a call had come through and that as a result of that call Mr. Card and Mr. Gonzales were on their way to the hospital to see Mr. Ashcroft.Oh my.
Schumer: Do you have any idea who that call was from?
Comey: (hesitation) I have some recollection that the call was from the president himself. But I don't know that for sure. It came from the White House. And it came through and the call was taken in the hospital.