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Understanding the U.S. Attorney Firings

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Understanding the U.S. Attorney Firings

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Understanding the U.S. Attorney Firings

Understanding the U.S. Attorney Firings

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The growing scandal over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys raises questions about the president's power to appoint and fire U.S. attorneys, the role of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and senior White House aides such as Karl Rove, and whether the prosecutors were fired for incompetence or politics.

Guests:

Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor and criminal defense attorney

Doug Kmiec, chair and professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University; head of the Office of Legal Counsel for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush

Philip Heymann, Harvard Law School professor; deputy attorney general under Janet Reno in the Clinton administration; assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division under Griffin Bell in the Carter administration

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