Attorney General Gonzales’ new problems add to Bush’s continuing ones
RON FOURNIER | AP | March 9, 2007 07:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON – Another day, another scandal. The Justice Department’s improper and illegal use of the USA Patriot Act has Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in trouble, an all-too-familiar circumstance for President George W. Bush’s inner circle.

The last thing a troubled president needs is another friend in trouble.

“This strikes me as another blow for the administration,” said Republican consultant Joe Gaylord.

He was not the only Republican fretting about the Republican president’s White House after a Justice Department audit criticized the FBI’s use of extraordinary powers, granted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, to obtain personal information secretly.

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