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Goler Says U.S. Attorney Scandal Could Take Two Years In Court & Bush Would Be Out Of Office By Then

Reported by Donna - March 21, 2007 -

Today the top story on Studio B with Shepard Smith was the House panel who voted to approve subpoenas for Rove and Miers. Smith said that the president said they can talk, but not under oath. Smith went to Wendell Goler who said this could be two years of legal battles. Goler said that Arlen Spector said that if this became a court battle it would be 2009 before it was resolved and Bush would be out of office.

Goler reported that the Justice Department said that the eight attorneys were fired for performance issues but that all of them had disputed that.

Smith called upon U.S. News and World Report, Chief Legal Analyst, Chitra Ragavan for the legalese behind all of this. Ragavan said that the president would invoke Executive Privilege and this had become sort of a bazaar with haggling going back and forth from what she heard from Tony Snow. She also added that executive privilege was not absolute. Ragavan also commented on how Snow had tried to distance the White House away from this controversy.

Ragavan said that if the president held his ground and the Democrats held their ground that some legal scholars said that the president was on good legal ground. However, she ended the segment by saying if the president isn't involved and it's just White House Officials talking to Justice Department Officials, where is the executive privilege?

Comment: It was convenient of Goler to point out (and adding the remarks of Arlen Spector) that it would take 2 years to solve this in the courts and Bush would be out of office by then. Is this their out?

However, Ragavan made a good point when she said if Tony Snow was trying to distance the White House from the issue and if the president didn't have anything to do with it and it was only White House officials taking to Justice Department officials, where is the executive privilege?