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JANUARY 27, 2009 8:13AM

Conyers Subpoenas Rove

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers D-MI) has issued a subpoena to Karl Rove requiring him to testify regarding his role in the Bush administration's politicization of the Justice Department.

Among the matters Conyers wants Rove to testify about are the firings of U.S. Attorneys by the administration and the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

The subpoena calls for the former White House adviser to be deposed on February 2. Rove previously refused to testify before the committee claiming that, as a former presidential adviser, he was covered by "absolute immunity" - a position supported by then-President Bush. Subsequently, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates rejected the claim of absolute immunity. President Obama has also dismissed the concept as "completely misguided."

"I have said many times that I will carry this investigation forward to its conclusion, whether in Congress or in court," Conyers, who believes the change in administration clears the way for Rove to honor the subpoena.

"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."

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I smell more stonewalling to come. I suspect a court will decide whether his executive immunity is perpetual, or expires after the executive he worked for is no longer in office. Sadly, I suspect several judges will be sympathetic to Rove's argument.
Agree with Procopius. The Republicans have carried out a little known campaign to pack the federal and state benches with extreme right wingers for years. The Rove camp won't have to shop around too much to find a sympathetic judge.
Couldn't be more pleased. I hope that Gonzalez is next. The smarmy little Grand Inquisitor.
Rove is only the tinniest tip of the iceberg. When a committee issues subpeonas to Jeb Bush about the Florida elections, to the then sitting members of the Supreme Court about stepping outside the constitution to ratify that election and when the US actively encourages the International Court to prosecute George Bush for torture, kidnapping and false imprisonment - well then we will know there has been a change.
the truth always comes out.
To quote Samuel L. Jackson (sort of) from "A Time To Kill", "Yeah I'm glad they subpoenaed and I hope he burns in hell!" :-D

"The Genius", where he belongs. Facing possible indictment...Oh the glory that would be.
Is it me, or does Rove have that "child molester" look about him?
He won't talk. Hopefully, he'll refuse to appear and be arrested for contempt of Congress which is what happens to everyone else (other than Bush cronies) who piss on the law.

If he does show, my bet is he'll claim the Fifth rather than talk....unless the government has big charges to file against him which could put him in prison (hopefully, a maximum security Federal penitentiary!) and he'll squeal like a piggy to stay out of prison.
To quote Mr. S.L. Jackson in another movie (make the appropriate nounal substitutions):

"I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!"
[turning up my mental stereo to 11. It' s playing The Battle Hymn of The Republic.]
Lemme ask you one question:

Is your money that good?

Will it buy you forgiveness?

Do you think that it could?

I think you will find

when death takes its toll:

all the money you made

will never

buy back your soul.

---- Bob Dylan
It'll send a message to the world when KR, GW, DK and AG are all dragged into court for their crimes.