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House To Subpoena Karl Rove, Other WH Aides

From an ecstatic Associated Press:

The AP gets its point across with this subtle photograph of Karl Rove “going down.”

House OKs subpoenas for top Bush aides

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

A House panel on Wednesday approved subpoenas for President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top White House aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

By voice vote, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president’s top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings.

The White House has refused to budge in the controversy, standing by embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and insisting that the firings were appropriate. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that in offering aides to talk to the committees privately, Bush had sought to avoid the “media spectacle” that would result from public hearings with Rove and others at the witness table.

“The question they’ve got to ask themselves is, are you more interested in a political spectacle than getting the truth?” Snow said of the overture Tuesday by the White House via its top lawyer, Fred Fielding.

“There must be accountability,” countered subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.

The panel approved, but has not issued, subpoenas for Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, their deputies and Kyle Sampson, Gonzales’ chief of staff, who resigned over the uproar last week.

The panel also voted to compel the production of documents related to the firings from those officials and Gonzales, Fielding and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolton. Fielding a day earlier refused to provide Congress internal White House communications on the subject.

The full Judiciary Committee would authorize the subpoenas if Chairman John Conyers of Michigan chose [sic] to do so…

Which of course he will. The America-hating thug John Conyers and the rest of the Democrats will not be denied their show trials.

Never mind that President Bush is not accountable to Congress when it comes which political appointees he removes in the executive branch if no crimes have been committed. And none have been charged.

This is nothing but a political circus. It’s being put on by the Democrats to distract the dupes in their base that they have done none of the things they had promised in the last campaign.

It was ever thus.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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