Former White House adviser Karl Rove and Harriet Miers, White House Counsel under the Bush administration, will testify to the House Judiciary Committee investigating the firings of U.S. Attorneys, allegedly for political reasons.
Committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI) says the pair will testify in sworn depositions. But that the committee reserves the right to conduct a public hearing as well.
Under an agreement with the former Bush administration, the invocations of official privileges, in essence declining to testify for national security reasons, will be significantly limited.
Conyers says the committee reserves the right to also depose former White House lawyer William Kelley if Miers and Rove's testimony contains information necessitating his testimony. Kelley played a role in the firings of the attorneys.
In addition, certain Bush White House documents will be turned over to the committee.
The agreement follows a ruling by Judge John Bates rejecting Bush White House claims that executive immunity and privilege continued after the president left office.
"I have long said that I would see this matter through to the end and am encouraged that we have finally broken through the Bush administration's claims of absolute immunity," Conyers said.
"This is a victory for the separation of powers and congressional oversight. It is also a vindication of the search for truth. I am determined to have it known whether U.S. Attorneys in the Department of Justice were fired for political reasons, and if so, by whom."We talk about these issues and more weekdays at 5 PM New York time on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com