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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gonzales Announces Resignation

WASHINGTON -- Alberto Gonzales, the United States' first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, ending a long standoff over his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department.

Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his resignation over the botched handling of FBI terrorism investigations and the dismissals of U.S. attorneys. President George W. Bush had stood defiantly by him until accepting his resignation Friday.

"It has been one of my greatest privileges to lead the Department of Justice," Gonzales said Monday, announcing his resignation, effective Sept. 17.

A longtime friend of Bush, who once considered Gonzales for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Gonzales is the latest of several high-ranking administration officials to leave since November.

Gonzales served more than two years as the United States' top law enforcer. Lawmakers had voiced doubts about his truthfulness in combative and often evasive testimony to Congress, involving both the FBI's conduct in investigating suspected terrorists and whether Gonzales' department fired a number of federal investigators for political reasons in collaboration with the White House.

Solicitor General Paul Clement, the government's top lawyer, will be acting attorney general until a replacement is found, administration officials said.

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was among those mentioned as possible successors.