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Harriet Miers: What Went Wrong

The official explanation of Harriet Miers' withdrawal is the irreconcilable conflict between the Senate's demand for documents covering her service as White House counsel, and the president's right to consult his lawyer in confidence. Few will believe it. Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court faltered at the start, and never gained momentum.


David Savage, Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times; author, Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court

Mara Liasson, NPR political correspondent

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice

David Frum, critic of Harriet Miers appointment; former Bush speechwriter, writes a blog for the National Review on-line; fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), member of the Judiciary Committee

Michael Gerhardt, professor of law, University of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee

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