Tuesday, January 27, 2009

House subpoenas Rove

This could get interesting. The House Dems are taking another shot at testing the limits of Rove's claimed executive privilege by forcing him to testify.
Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Monday issued a subpoena to Mr. Rove, seeking his appearance at a deposition Feb. 2. Mr. Conyers wants the former aide to President George W. Bush to answer questions on the Justice Department's firings of U.S. attorneys in 2006, among other matters.
The courts already held that Rove is required to appear, even if he refuses to speak. Of course, he ignored the order as long as Bush was there to protect him. Now we'll get to see how Obama handles this call for transparency.
"Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it," Mr. Conyers said. "After two years of stonewalling, it's time for him to talk."
Part of me wishes Conyers had waited a while on this one. It's not like we don't have more pressing problems or even more important inquiries into Bush administration misconduct. But if the end result is that Rove is finally held accountable, for anything, it could be worth it.

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