Fredo just went for a boat ride:
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington.
Bush accepted his resignation, "grudgingly," and a White House official said:
The unfair treatment that he's been on the receiving end of has been a distraction for the department.
A replacement hasn't been named, but we'll soon find out if the rumors about Michael Chertoff are true.
UPDATE: Can Bush make a recess appointment? Yes. Would it break the deal he supposedly had with Harry Reid? Probably. (Who knows whether there was "extraordinary circumstances" escape clause?) What would it take to prevent such an appointment? One or two Senators (
or Representatives -- this can be done in the House correction: a pro forma session of the House takes "Congress" out of recess, but to prevent recess appointments, the Constitution specifies the Senate must be in session, which makes sense, since it's the Senate that handles appointments) coming in to open a pro forma session. [Kagro X]