Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rove To Testify In U.S. Attorney Firing Probe


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."

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Anonymous said...

This is fantastic news. Several months ago, I wrote to my representatives expressing how disappointed and angry I was that Karl Rove was able to ignore a congressional subpoena, and I wondered if he would get away with it, especially after President Obama made certain remarks about looking forward with regard to some of the alleged transgressions of the Bush Administration. Bush and Cheney thought they could ignore and/or shred the constitution. I hope that this step of bringing Rove into testify under oath will be a step toward gluing the consitution back together.

Anonymous said...

Darn, the only thing the first post left for me to say is "DITTO!"


Anonymous said...

Is this the start of a witch hunt?

Anonymous said...

god, I'd Love to be the court reporter taking those depos!

Unfortunately, if I were, I couldn't speak of it! That's the only part of this job that (only occasionally) drives me batty. Mum's the word!

Anonymous said...

And the walls came down!

Bill Beck

Anonymous said...

I hope and pray for justice' sake that it is "seen through" and not brushed under the carpet. This guy "has some splainin' to do" and I feel he's going to be the Bush/Cheney fall guy. If anyone other than them, I would want it to be him.

Anonymous said...

I am not so easily swayed or comforted. They will both lie and we will buy it and they will go home. One will bake cookies and the other will cookup more diabolical plots. Someone is welcome to prove me wrong,but I double-dare ya.

Ivan Hentschel

Anonymous said...

I'll believe it when I see it and I'm definitely expecting selective memory. Rove considers himself above the law.

We shall see....

JL Davis

Anonymous said...

The problem with calling a sociopathic liar to testify is that he is a sociopathic liar. Added to the messiah complex and you might as well talk to the hand.

Anonymous said...

Karl Rove will be a deft witness who is smart, articulate, and slippery. It will be a real challenge to pin him down. The committee staff and member will need to be well prepared. He should not be under estimated.

But, I hope they nail his ass to the wall, anyway!!!

Anonymous said...

About bleepin' time somebody held Karl Rove's feet to the fire! I'd like to see him escorted in by armed guards--there to make sure he can't weasel out again.

Anonymous said...

Such good news this is.

oh bbd. that image of Rove in custody is as close to Setting Right this wrong old world as I have seen in a long world

Greg Correll

Anonymous said...

Rove was born lying and that's not going to change now. Interestingly, his dirty tricks began as early as 1970 . He was in college at the time. Rove used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Democrat Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Treasurer of Illinois. He stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead, printed fake campaign rally fliers promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing", and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters, with the effect of disrupting Dixon's rally. (Dixon eventually won the election). Rove's role would not become publicly known until August 1973. Rove told the Dallas Morning News in 1999, "It was a youthful prank at the age of 19 and I regret it.” Clearly, he didn’t.

Don't expect much in the way of the truth.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, I am thrilled. I feared this would get swept away, in the midst of all the other crises this administration is faced with.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is the first brick to come out of the wall. There's a lot of sentiment in this country for calling these people to accounts, and so far Obama has played the hands off card. But this may be simple political expediency. Should make for an interesting developing story.

Joe River Reid

Anonymous said...

Blame Bush Blame Bush woohooo dang I stubbed my toe I blame Bush? OMG yet all of you turn a blind eye to Obama the Messiah...........Why not STOP Obama BEFORE he can totally destroy the US? Come on wake up and smell the coffee. I have spent hours watching text and listening to Bush bashing can you all honestly say you approve of all the spending Obama is doing? Bush kept us safe. It is well known that Clinton and staff wanted to go to war with Iraq WAAAAYYY before Bush came into play yet its all Bush's fault. In one month Obama has put us into more debt than Bush did in 8 years. But all continue to blame Bush.

Anonymous said...

Somebody please explain, why is it that Rove and Miers get to negotiate whether and how they will testify?....again the spineless democrats back down and compromise even after the court has decided in their favor.....why?

Anonymous said...

This is going to be a very short testimony if yo reau take out out all the Bush hating speeches.

They all serve at the pleasure of the President. He can fire them at any time for any reason. Clinton fired them all, at one time.

So the question will always be answered by the phrase "because the President wanted them fired".