Karl Rove still is trying to avoid appearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. But Democrats John Conyers and Linda Sanchez are showing some backbone in their efforts to ensure that the former White House strategist testifies about his role in a number of apparent political prosecutions, including the Don Siegelman case in Alabama.
Glynn Wilson, at Locust Fork World News & Journal, reports that Conyers and Sanchez said today that Rove is not immune from a Congressional subpoena.
In a letter to Rove attorney Robert Luskin, dated July 3, 2008, Conyers and Sanchez state that failure to appear on July 10 could subject Rove to a number of sanctions, including statutory contempt under federal law and inherent contempt under the authority of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The full content of the Conyers/Sanchez letter is available at the link to Wilson's post.
Look at the language Conyers/Sanchez use- it is all permissive. E.g., sure Rove could be subject to contempt, and even jail. But will he?
I doubt it.
Congress is unwilling to take any controversial action. Just like it refuses to take Bush to task for war crimes, and just like it caved in on FISA.
It is a sad commentary on this Democratic Congress.
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