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."