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May 14, 2009

ROVE TO ANSWER PURGE-SCANDAL QUESTIONS.... Well, this ought to be interesting.

Former top White House official Karl Rove will be interviewed tomorrow as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration, according to two sources familiar with the appointment. [...]

As a senior adviser to President George W. Bush, Rove emerged at the center of numerous policy and political debates. He will be questioned tomorrow by Connecticut prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy, who was named last year to examine whether any former senior Justice Department and White House officials lied or obstructed justice in connection with the dismissal of federal prosecutors in 2006.

As those who've followed this scandal closely no doubt recall, Rove has plenty of insights that will be worth sharing on this subject. Indeed, David Iglesias, one of the Republican prosecutors purged as part of this scandal, told MSNBC last year he believes Rove has "information that ... would show illegal activity."

And back in 2007, according to NPR's sources, "[T]he plan to fire all 93 U.S. attorneys originated with political adviser Karl Rove. It was seen as a way to get political cover for firing the small number of U.S. attorneys the White House actually wanted to get rid of."

The White House, which Rove helped run, was deeply involved with selecting which U.S. Attorneys were fired (remember: those failed to be "loyal Bushies" were shown the door) and it was a Rove deputy who got to replace one of the purged prosecutors.

He'll no doubt be a wealth of information for Dannehy.

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get your hip waders on....

Posted by: mr. irony on May 14, 2009 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

When all it said and done, I proffer the following observation: The name K. Rove will be synonymous with that of B. Arnold in future U.S. history texts! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on May 14, 2009 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, but firing these prosecutors prevented numerous terrorist attacks and saved countless lives. The memos to prove it are here somewhere...

Posted by: Conservatroll on May 14, 2009 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

If Rove doesn't testify under oath and if there isn't a documented contradiction (he deleted the e-mail trail), there's nothing at stake and he'll stonewall.

Does the president have the right to fire a U.S. Attorney at will?
That red herring only gets more irrelevant with repetition. Posted by: Uli Kunkel on May 14, 2009 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

Does the president have the right to fire a U.S. Attorney at will?>

Yes!
My turn.
Does the US Congress have the right to investigate a President or his aides if they suspect or have evidence of collusion and conspiracy in the abnormal mid-term firing of US attorneys based on illegal electioneering activities?

Trick question!!!
They don't have the right to refuse to do so - they are OBLIGED by oath and tradition to do so.

Posted by: kenga on May 14, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

I've got another question.
Does Congress have the right to attempt to catch or trick Karl Rove into making false statements so that they can have him imprisoned in a Washington DC jail cell?

Posted by: kenga on May 14, 2009 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

"I don't recall" is what I'm guessing the transcript will read.
Bottoms Up, to those who drink along.

Posted by: vwmeggs on May 14, 2009 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Holy Jesse Ventura bomb shell shit

hhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoqmH49VBC0

Posted by: koreyel on May 14, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

He will be questioned tomorrow by Connecticut prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy, who was named last year to examine whether any former senior Justice Department and White House officials lied or obstructed justice in connection with the dismissal of federal prosecutors in 2006.

There are only three words in this story worth reading. I highlighted them.

Posted by: Danp on May 14, 2009 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK
You know what? Obama could fire each and every U.S. Attorney and I could care less. He could tell the press he fired them because they don't agree with Black Liberation Theology.
Your wingnut tears make my cup of coffee that much sweeter. Posted by: Uli Kunkel on May 14, 2009 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Rove testifying at this point, under oath or not... I expect nothing.

Posted by: beep52 on May 14, 2009 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

How about the ones NOT fired? One of them railroaded Siegelman (and several others) in Alabama doing something prior GOP govs had done (and also a certain "W" in TX, BTW), in addition to the ones fired for refusing to bring voter fraud (NOT ONE CASE EVER PROVED, except for Man Coulter, BTW, in Florida) suits to slime the D's. This is what marked Iglesias for the Tarpeian Rock, because Domenici and Wilson needed the get rid of the Dem (sooo like AL) and Navy JAG Iglesias had too much integrity to do it, but Bushie hack Alice Martin did (and she's still there in AL, and I'm not sure why). One of the excuses given for firing Iglesias was alleged absenteeism, claimed for a period when he was on his reservist tour supporting the United States. Since the vast majority of the Bushies never served (like Limpy and 5-deferment Darth, and W for that matter, where ARE those records), duty doesn't resonate with them.

Nor have they ever cared about the troops, see Walter Reed and the electrocuting showers put up by Halliburton in Iraq as a couple of examples, with the $$$ going to Darth.

Once again Mc Gruber, since you never responded last time: Is IOKIYAR your moral standard, yes or no? IOKIYAR = It's OK if you are Republican, but I'm sure you knew that already.

Posted by: rugger0 on May 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

On the Libby case (where a covert CIA agent working on WMD issues for Iraq and Iran was outed), TBlossom had to go in five times, as PatFitz kept finding more details out about spin inaccuracies. Only Armitage's screwup kept him out of jail that time, and it was irrelevant since Libby had already leaked it elsewhere (Judy, among others). It's why Luskin keeps asking about the evidence in the press, so TBlossom has an idea what story to use. Or, which ones not to use.

He also still has an issue with a "lost" Blackberry and those emails on the RNC servers, and I wonder how far Dannehy got with those trails of evidence. I'd also like to see Dannehy bind him over to visit the Congressional committee he still owes a visit to.

Posted by: rugger0 on May 14, 2009 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

"...He'll no doubt be a wealth of information for Dannehy."

No he won't. Do you really expect he will tell the truth or incriminate himself. The missing, destroyed emails were the proof. The hundreds of phone calls to the DoJ from Rove's office and the multiple WH staff who were given access to DoJ operations by Rove are information keys...but Rove lies about everything and will give nothing to Dannehy.

I expect nothing and won't be disappointed unless some whistle blowers come forward...and look at what happened to Michael Connell when threatened by Rove.

Posted by: bjobotts on May 14, 2009 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Forgot about Connell, the IT guru involved in voting irregularities like OH's 2004 election among other adventures. He was threatening to come clean, and Rove threatened him to shut up or else....

It does ratchet up Rove's repugnance level some more, since [ALLEGEDLY] he's now willing to remove people permanently instead off to prison. Connell's family is now questioning the crash details and Rovian threats, and the fact they can even think this is simply amazing.

Posted by: rugger0 on May 14, 2009 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Under oath. Just make it under oath.

Posted by: Daddy Love on May 14, 2009 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

And lest we forget, Karl Rove was involved in the treasonous outing of covert non-official-cover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson...and reportedly he had a little problem back then in telling federal investigators the truth...which required repeat visits by Rove to federal investigators as he tried to cover his and Bush's/Cheney's asses...apparently trying to put a Happy Face on their traitorous act.

Posted by: The Oracle on May 14, 2009 at 11:17 PM | PERMALINK

Let's not kid ourselves. Nothing will happen to Rove- nothing at all- and we all know it.

It's a bummer, but there's not a whole lot you can do about it.

Posted by: KilgoreTrout XL on May 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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