Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Conyers Subpoenas Karl Rove

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. issued a subpoena to Karl Rove requiring him to testify regarding his role in the Bush Administration's politicization of the Department of Justice, including the US Attorney firings and the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The subpoena was issued pursuant to authority granted in H.R. 5 (111th Congress), and calls for Mr. Rove to appear at deposition on Monday, February 2, 2009. Mr. Rove has previously refused to appear in response to a Judiciary Committee subpoena, claiming that even former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress. That "absolute immunity" position was supported by then-President Bush, but it has been rejected by U.S. District Judge John Bates and President Obama has previously dismissed the claim as "completely misguided."

Previously Conyers refused to move on damning impeachment evidence that would have resulted in a trial of George W Bush and Dick Cheney. It is very likely that nothing substantive will come of this action. Don't trust that the Democrats will do their duty and launch criminal investigations into the Bush White House- they were complicit in allowing many of the crimes to occur unchecked in the first place.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 27th, 2009.]

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