Senator Clinton, unplugged

This morning on Good Morning, America, we ran an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, in which she called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's head.

"The buck should stop somewhere," Clinton said (CLICK HERE FOR MORE) "and the Attorney General -- who still seems to confuse his prior role as the president's personal attorney with his duty to the system of justice and to the entire country -- should resign."

I also asked her how this at all differed from the move in 1993 when he husband asked all 93 US Attorneys to resign.

"This is a great difference," she said. "When a new president comes in, a new president gets to clean house. It is not done on case-by-case basis where you didn't do something that some senator or member of Congress told you to do in terms of investigation into opponents. It is 'Let's start afresh.' Every president has done that.

"This happening now with this administration is actually quite rare," she went on. "There's been some research done that concluded it's hardly ever happens and it happened with so many people and it apparently was going to happen with more. We now are hearing stories that basially the White House wanted to change all the US Attorneys for political and personal reasons. I think this raises serious questions."

What should happen with Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, who is accused by the former US Attorney there have trying to improperly pressure him politically?

"I think there will be appropriate investigations by the Congress into all of these allegations. That's what should happen. We need to shine a bright light -- there needs to be accountablity."

The White House says these US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president and can be fired at any time.

"There is maybe a technical correctness to that. but it hasn't happened," she said. "As I said there has been a study that went back and looked and this is extremely rare that a US Attorney is removed before his term his up because of political pressure on him, removed because he wont' follow a party line that should disturb everyone -- Republicans and Democrats."

Clinton added that "another issue I'm disturbed about with the Attorney General is the misuse of these national security letters, going after people's records without appropriate documentation and following the letter of the law. That's going right to the heart of privacy protections and constitutional protections that people deserve to have. This administration has kind of played fast and loose with the law for quite some time. And we are aware that they like to do things their own way, but now there's a Democratic congress and we're not going to turn a blind eye, we are going to hold hearings, we're going to try to get to the bottom of what happened because the American people deserve to know."

I also asked her about the comments by General Peter Pace that homosexulity is "immoral." Clinton has opposed the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, so I asked her if that law -- signed by her husband in 1993 -- was a mistake, and if homosexuality is "immoral."

"General Pace has clarified his remarks, but let's not lose sight of the fact that 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' is not working," she said. "We are being deprived of thousands of patriotic men and women who want to serve their country who are bringing skills into the armed services that we desparately need, like translation skills. And one can argue whether it was a good idea when it was first implemented, but we know have evidence as to the fact that we are in a time of war -- when we really need as many people as we can to recruit and retain in an all-volunteer army -- we are turning people away or discharging them not because of what they've done but because of who they are."

But is it immoral?

"Well I'm going to leave that to others to conclude," she said. "I'm very proud of the gays and lesbians I know who perform work that is essential to our country, who want to serve their country and I want make sure they can."

-- jt

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