Apparently bowing to relentless criticism, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation Aug. 27.
In a written statement, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I thank Alberto Gonzales for his public service and wish him well in his future endeavors. It is my hope that whomever President Bush selects as the next attorney general, he or she is not subjected to the same poisonous partisanship that we've sadly grown accustomed to over the past eight months."
He is the latest of President Bush's inner circle to leave the administration.
His departure sets the stage for a fight in the Senate over his successor.
After months of hearings and accusations of wrongdoing, Alberto Gonzales resigned as attorney general.
"Even my worst days as attorney general were better than my father's best days," Gonzales said.
It was a briefly-worded statement and Gonzales did not take any questions. The attorney general had been under attack from both parties -- over whether politics played a part in the firing of up to nine U.S. Attorneys and whether he perjured himself when testifying about the president's controversial domestic wiretapping program.
"I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people," Gonzales continued.
Gonzales is the the 4th top ranking Bush administration official to resign since November 2006.
Democrats were quick to weigh-in.
"The attorney general first represented President Bush when he was running for governor of Texas. Indeed, the two men have a personal friendship in addition to a long-standing professional relationship," said Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.
Alberto Gonzales will remain in office until September 17th.
No word on his replacement, but Mr. Bush is not expected to leave the position open for long.