For a moment, it looked like Attorney General Alberto Gonzales might be able to put the U.S. Attorney scandal behind him.

Though his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 19 received universally poor reviews from members of Congress, the hearing was largely eclipsed by the mass murder at Virginia Tech. And while they have remained critical, key Republican senators stopped short of calling for his resignation. Within days, President George W. Bush said Gonzales’ testimony had “increased my confidence,” and the attorney general said he had no plans to leave.