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Stephanopoulos Predicts Gonzales Will Resign To Deflect Republican Criticism

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This morning on Good Morning America, ABC’s Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos predicted that Alberto Gonzales will resign to end the criticism of the White House coming from some Republican members of Congress.

“He’s in the fight of his life,” Stephanopoulos said. “I think it will be very, very difficult for him to survive it.” He said the “key political question for the White House right now” is, “what will it take to get Republicans defending the White House again? And from all of my reporting, I don’t believe that’s going to happen until Alberto Gonzales resigns.”

Stephanopoulos added, “I spoke with a White House official this morning who said he doesn’t believe this will reach a head today. But this is a very fluid situation.” Watch it:

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Transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Now he’s in the fight of his life, as Pierre said. I think it will be very, very difficult for him to survive it. I spoke with a White House official this morning who said he doesn’t believe this will reach a head today. But this is a very fluid situation, Chris, and here’s what’s happening right now. You’ve got more Republican senators calling for Alberto Gonzales to go. Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon. You also have a Republican congressman, Dana Rohrabacher of California, saying similar things. Number two, the White House Counsel Fred Fielding is supposed to report back to the Congress today on which documents the White House is going to send to the Congress and whether the White House will allow Karl Rove and other White House officials to testify. But he does not have a final answer ready on that. As Dana pointed out, the democrats are enraged about this. They are going to demand they are going to subpoena Karl Rove. The key political question for the White House right now is, if they — what will it take to get Republicans defending the White House again? And from all of my reporting, I don’t believe that’s going to happen until Alberto Gonzales resigns.

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