Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today subpoenaed former White House aide Karl Rove to testify a week from today before the committee.Bush did NOT pardon Rover, Miers, Gonzo, or any of his shit-drenched henchfolk because had he done so, they would have had no recourse but to answer inconvenient, or embarrassing, questions from investigators. Pardoned, they would have LOST the protection of the 5th Amendment. This way, even if they honor the subpoenas, they can still obstruct the investigations.
It's the second time Conyers has tried to get Rove to appear in connection with what he calls the politicization of the Justice Department during the Bush administration, including the firing of U.S. attorneys and the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman.
Conyers said in a press release that while the Bush administration said Rove had immunity, President Obama disagreed with that claim. “Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it’s time for him to talk,” Conyers said.
It's unclear if Rove will be compelled to appear next week. Eric Holder, Obama's choice for attorney general, has not yet been confirmed. And Obama has said he wants to look forward, not backward.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Conyers Subpoena's Rove Over DoJ Issues
In a nutshell, from USA Today: