From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Senior officials tell NBC News that President Bush phoned Attorney General Gonzales early this morning and "reaffirmed his strong backing and support for the attorney general." They had a "very good conversation" in the wake of the "unprecedented step by the [Justice Department] to release thousands of pages of e-mails" to be "fully responsive."
Advisers say these pages include White House and DoJ communications that were authorized for release by the White House. Officials say DoJ officials will be made available for on-the-record statements to Congress. This will provide a "substantial body of evidence."