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Mr Gonzales, an architect of contentious US "war on terror" legal tactics, was also at the centre of a row over firings of federal prosecutors, was the target of a barrage from Democrats and lost the confidence of many top Republicans.


The first Hispanic attorney-general, Gonzales, announced he would step down in a short press conference, but did not mention the partisan battles which led to his departure.

"Yesterday, I met with President Bush and informed him of my decision to conclude my government service as Attorney-General of the United States effective as of September 17, 2007," Mr Gonzales said.

VIDEO: Gonzales goes

Bush defends Gonzales

He was the latest confidant to leave President George W Bush, 17 months before the US leader himself exits the White House after his second term.

"Gonzales is a man of integrity, decency and principle, and I have reluctantly accepted his resignation," Mr Bush said in Waco, Texas after Gonzales's sudden announcement.

"It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honourable person, like Alberto Gonzales, is impeded from doing important work, because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons."

Democrats on the attack

Democrats however went on the attack and vowed to press on with congressional probes into the conduct of the Justice Department and the White House.

"Under this attorney-general and this president, the Department of Justice suffered a severe crisis of leadership that allowed our justice system to be corrupted by political influence," said Democratic Senate Judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy.

"No Justice Department should be allowed to become a political arm of the White House, whether occupied by a Republican or a Democrat."

Last month, Democrats demanded a perjury probe on Gonzales, claiming that the White House and Justice Department were mired in legal obstruction similar to that of disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon.

He was also accused by Democrats of firing federal prosecutors for political reasons which has sparked a prolonged standoff between the White House and Congress.

Hunt for successor

Bush said he had asked US Solicitor General Paul Clement, another top Justice Department official to serve as acting attorney-general until a replacement is confirmed by the US Senate.

Several reports said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was being lined up as a possible successor to Gonzales, in what is likely to be a bruising confirmation process.

Chertoff could however face a grilling over the botched government response to Hurricane Katrina, which flooded much of New Orleans and the US Gulf Coast two years ago.

Gonzales's departure follows that of other members of Bush's loyal kitchen cabinet of former Texas officials, after political guru Karl Rove announced his own resignation earlier this month.

As White House legal counsel in Bush's first term, Gonzales played a key role in drafting controversial legal tactics used to deal with terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

He is closely linked to a warrantless wiretapping program, has been accused of redefining the word "torture" and of arguing that terror suspects held at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had no rights under the Geneva Convention.

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