The Senate on Monday plans to take up a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The nonbinding resolution would express the “sense of the Senate” that Gonzales “no longer holds the confidence of the American people.”
But the resolution’s sponsor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), sounded uncertain the measure would receive the 60 votes needed for passage.
Six Republicans have called on Gonzales to resign but it’s unclear whether any of them will support a no-confidence vote.
“If all Senators who have actually lost confidence in Attorney General Gonzales voted their conscience, this vote would be unanimous,” Schumer said in a statement. “However, the president will certainly exert pressure to support the attorney general, his longtime friend. We will soon see where people’s loyalties lie.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.