Even a judge who did find a 'shield law' interpretation in the federal law has written that the crime is so serious that it overrides a reporter's privilege. Can Bush stop the judges? Most likely not. Can he stop Fitzgerald? Probably not.
Assume for the sake of argument that Bush can separate himself from Rove and whoever else and just fire them. But wait, Karl Rove knows where all the skeletons are buried, who sleeps with whom, etc., and he is a vindictive person. Bush cannot fire Rove. If Rove goes down, so does the regime.
Bush can issue a whole bunch of preemptive pardons. Wouldn't that be interesting. His father did that, but hardly anyone was looking when that happened. This time? It would be more as if Richard Nixon had issued preemptive pardons.
Then there is the likelihood that part of what makes the crime so serious is that it can be shown Deputy Leader Cheney is a conspirator. Have you seen or heard from Cheney lately? I suppose the Bushists could instigate a final 'heart attack' in the Deputy Leader, perhaps that would help them. Nevertheless, this does not play in favor of the regime.
What could really help here is a more thorough coup d'etat or somehow finishing the term before events unfold adequately. Otherwise, I don't see the Bushists surviving this.
I was never one of those who saw the Fitzgerald appointment as a whitewash. I reiterate for the umpteenth time that the appointment of Fitzgerald came from Ashcroft's and Comey's decision to cease their own participation in the cover-up, once they had seen the seriousness of what had been done and/or who did it.