Thursday, May 22, 2008

Conyers: We're coming for ya, Karl.

"Don't sweat it, Turdblossom. The prisons these days are more like resorts."

It's about damn time!
(Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued a subpoena to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for testimony about the politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman’s case. Yesterday, Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, sent a letter to the Committee expressing that Rove would not agree to testify voluntarily, per the Committee’s previous requests.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. Rove has failed to cooperate with our requests,” Conyers said. “Although he does not seem the

least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr. Rove and his attorney have apparently concluded that a public hearing room would not be appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no choice today but to compel his testimony on these very important matters.”

Conyers finally makes his move. Issuing a subpoena to compel Karl Rove to testify, under oath, on matters relating to the prosecution and imprisonment of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman is a big deal.

According to the subpoena, Rove must appear before the House Judiciary Committee on July 10. Rove, through his attorney Robert Luskin, has indicated that he will claim executive privilege as a means of avoiding testifying. But it is unclear how that claim can be legitimate, given that Rove has already publicly stated that he had no conversations with anyone in the White House about the Siegelman case. Hmm...that's a bit of a quandary you're in, Karl.

Of course, Rove is really just stalling for time. He is already fighting a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee on the same subject. The merits of his legal position are irrelevant. It's all about grinding down the opposition, hoping the public will lose interest, or that some new legal or political development will present an escape hatch.

If you or I were to defy a congressional subpoena, we'd be marking days on the pokey wall before you can say "I was framed." But Rove, with his well-funded neoconservative allies, has the resources to afford lawyers who can make bald-faced lies seem like gospel. Well, you know what they say: In America, you're assumed guilty until proven rich. If, as I fervently hope, Karl Rove someday sees the inside of a prison cell, that day is still a long way off.

Nonetheless, I wouldn't want to be in Karl's shoes.


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Ridwan said...

I hope to see the bastard burn. But I am not holding my breath.

Still, hope is a powerful.

Peace Dade.