Well, yesterday, Karl Rove didn’t show up at a hearing at a House Judiciary subcommittee (chaired by Linda Sanchez), where he was supposed to testify, regarding whether or not the Justice Department pushed for investigating Democrats, influenced by partisanship, specifically the investigation of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The House was also investigating the firing of prosecutors who had been investigating Republicans.
The White House cited executive privilege as the reason that Rove (among others) did not have to testify, and Rove has offered to meet informally, while not sworn in, but Democrats have rejected that offer. Rove and the White House have argued that internal conversations are confidential, and that Congress has no right to force officials to testify.
Rove may be held in contempt of Congress. The decision to pursue contempt charges will go the full Judiciary Committee and ultimately to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The House already has voted to hold two of President Bush’s confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with its inquiry into whether the administration fired nine federal prosecutors in 2006 for political reasons.
The case, involving White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers, is in federal court and may not be resolved before Bush’s term ends in January. The House has already has voted to hold Hariet Miers and Josh Bolten in contempt, for not cooperating in its investigation into the firing of the prosecutors back in 2006. That case is still in federal court.
Personally, I think Rove should just cooperate.
And I’m tired of partisan hackery by BOTH sides. You have liberals saying that Rove has to testify, yet these same liberals stood silent during Clinton’s administration and defended officials such as Janet Reno, when she was held in contempt. You have conservatives who attacked Reno and others and now are defending Rove. BOTH officials should have cooperated, and I’m tired of people just siding with anybody from their party no matter what. If you do something wrong, face up to it. If you associate with the party of somebody who did something wrong, don’t just keep defending them. I’m a hard core conservative – but I’m tired of all of this crap. Right is right and wrong is wrong – who cares who’s in what party – law and order is law and order. Obey the law. PERIOD.
I’ll keep following this as the situation develops.
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