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House Subpoenas Rove in Justice Political Scandal

As expected, the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former presidential adviser Karl Rove to testify about his role in the alleged political investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice into Democrats perceived as enemies of the Bush administration. This investigation potentially has direct implications on the prosecutions of Democratic lawyer Paul Minor and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz, as previously reported by the Jackson Free Press.

More from The New York Times today:

The House Judiciary Committee pressed its investigation of possible political influence in Justice Department prosecutions on Thursday by issuing a subpoena to Karl Rove, the former chief political operative at the Bush White House.

Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the committee chairman, said the subpoena was necessary because Mr. Rove had explicitly declined an invitation to appear voluntarily. Mr. Conyers and fellow committee Democrats say they want to question Mr. Rove about the dismissals of several federal prosecutors and ask whether he knows anything about the decision to prosecute former Gov. Donald E. Siegelman of Alabama, a Democrat.

Mr. Siegelman, who was convicted on a bribery charge, was released from prison in March pending an appeal after an appeals court ruled that he had raised "substantial questions" about his case.

Previous Comments

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130171
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Great news. However, unless the House is planning to use "waterboarding" or some other torturous techniques, Chucky will never tell the truth. Chucky ain't about to stop being Chucky yet. Neither will Rum-feld or Alberta, the most crooked attorney general of all times. I suggest we call him an "enemy combatant" like Bush and Cheney did the prisoners of war in prisons outside the U.S. instead of prisoner of war, throw away the Geneva Convention and roast or torture his crooked and depraved behind.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-05-23T13:09:09-06:00
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130172
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Besides, if Rove goes down, the GOP (aka Getting Off Politically Party) will pardon and save his hide like they did Scooting Libby. We shall see!

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Walt
Date
2008-05-23T13:14:18-06:00
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130195
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I heard theres actually a provision that allows the House Seargent at Arms to go get his bobble head looking [email protected]# and bring him in. I'd pay a dollar to see that. This Siegelman thing looks like it has legs. I always found it odd that the one a-hole who figured out how to rally the religous right more effectively than even Reagan was himself an aetheist.

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bill_jackson
Date
2008-05-23T22:21:46-06:00
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130207
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Days after this story broke nationally, The Ledger (in their Monday holiday paper that few people will read) is reporting that the House investigation is likely to include the cases of Oliver Diaz and Paul Minor. My theory is that the Ledger isn't frothing at the mouth over this story because they frothed at the mouth, being their usual unquestioning selves, when Justice went after these guys so hard in the first place. Had they been the watchdog media Mississippi deserves, maybe it wouldn't have gotten this far, and the GOP/U.S. Chamber might not have been so bold or gotten away with it (as they did with tort reform with the Ledger/Jerry Mitchell's selective-fact stories backing them up.) Oh, and Hampton's typical after-the-fact hand-wringing doesn't count.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-05-26T10:04:56-06:00
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130222
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The CL isn't into the truth. They're a tabloid.

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Ironghost
Date
2008-05-27T13:41:42-06:00

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