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Schumer: ‘We Will Get To The Bottom Of This While Bush Is Still President’

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In advance of today’s hearings with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned the White House that it cannot avoid congressional oversight by using executive privilege to run out the clock.

“When privilege has been claimed in these kinds of cases, it has taken months not years” to resolve, Schumer said at a press conference. “So those in the White House who think that they can somehow sort of outlast this, as the courts debate privilege, I think are mistaken. We will get to the bottom of this while President Bush is still president.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/04/schumeratty418.320.240.flv]

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I would say this, that if you look at the case of privilege that the White House is making is remarkably flimsy, and in the past at least, when privilege has been claimed in these kinds of cases, it has taken months not years, so those in the White House who think that they can somehow sort of outlast this as the courts debate privilege I think are mistaken. We will get to the bottom of this while President Bush is still president.

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