Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Karl Rove's Bisexual Affair Might Have Sparked His Bizarre Rant on Fox News

Greta Van Susteren and Karl Rove

Karl Rove is having a bisexual affair with the president of a conservative bloggers' group, and concern about being outed sparked Rove's falsehood-filled diatribe last week on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News program.

Rove's lover is Ali Akbar, president of the National Bloggers Club, an umbrella group that grew from the activism of the late right-wing publisher and pundit Andrew Breitbart. A left-leaning Web site called Breitbart Unmasked recently disclosed that Akbar has a criminal record that includes convictions for credit-card fraud, theft, and burglary.

The stunning allegations about Rove and Akbar are included in a letter sent yesterday from Alabama attorney Dana Jill Simpson to Robert Bauer, counsel for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. The letter also includes an appeal for a presidential pardon on behalf of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

Rove, appearing with Van Susteren on the June 20 edition of On the Record, took a question about the tax-exempt status of certain PACs and turned it into an attack on Simpson, Bauer, and Siegelman--who was the target of perhaps the most notorious political prosecution in U.S. history.

Simpson, a former GOP operative, is best known as a whistleblower in the Siegelman case. She has stated under oath and testified before Congress that she participated in a telephone conference call with prominent Alabama Republicans who discussed plans to bring bogus criminal charges against Siegelman, apparently with Rove's approval.

Rove told Van Susteren that Bauer represented Simpson in her 2007 testimony before Congress and that Simpson did not testify under oath. It's a matter of public record that Simpson made sworn statements about the Siegelman prosecution on multiple occasions. And Simpson included in her letter to Bauer yesterday an affidavit stating that he has never represented her, and the two have never met. (See the affidavit and letter at the end of this post.) Bauer has sent a letter to Rove demanding a retraction, according to a report in Huffington Post.

Ali Akbar
Why would Rove become so wildly disengaged from the truth, on a national television program where he was asked a question that had nothing to do with Jill Simpson? The Alabama lawyer says in her letter to Bauer that Rove became unhinged because he knew she had damaging information about his personal life--and it soon might become public knowledge.

At the heart of Rove's discomfort is his relationship with Ali Akbar. And how did that come to light? Simpson spells it out in her letter to Bauer:

About a week and a half ago, I was contacted by a political operative on the left who gave me a copy of Ali Akbar's advertisement on an adult website. This advertisement suggested that the National Bloggers Club President, Mr. Akbar, was looking for bisexual sex with men who were Republican, political, and loved to discuss politics and philosophy and just wanted to hang out and chill with them.

Simpson has an e-mail list on which she periodically shares inside information on politics and international affairs. The Akbar ad became a subject for discussion on the list. Andrew Kreig, of the D.C.-based Justice-Integrity Project, briefly referenced the Akbar angle in a major piece about Rove's statements on the Van Susteren show. Kreig did not mention Akbar by name, but he did write the following:

In a similar vein, Rove critics active in the blogosphere have been claiming over the past week that one of Rove's colleagues is an ex-con who might be outed soon in a sex scandal. This is part of the ongoing back-and-forth war of nerves that political activists wage continually against one another, with lawsuits and claims of outrage by each side. Among the latter are GOP members of Congress seeking Justice Department prosecutions of liberal opponents. 
In this context, it made sense for Rove to deflect attacks by claiming to Fox listeners that he has been cleared from any suspicions by previous investigations and that critics are partisans allied unfairly against him.

In her letter to Bauer, Simpson says she took the Akbar ad and used it to unearth information about his ties to powerful Republicans. One of those, the letter suggests, is Rove:

I took [the information] back to my blogging group and showed them that Karl had gotten himself a new friend from the information and evidence I had received and that this guy was alleged to be the possible new boy wonder and lover of Karl Rove.

Simpson tells Bauer that she has no concerns about Rove's sexual preferences, but she is alarmed about his multiple false statements on Fox News:

It is believed by many of us that Karl thought we were going to use this for the benefit of President Obama, which was never the case. We do not care if [Rove] is bisexual or not and have many times ignored information that was given to us that suggested that he is. In fact, we find nothing wrong with being bisexual, as it means people just love both sexes at the same time. All of us are LBGTQ supporters, so we elected to not out this information on him. However, I think this is why he went berserk on national TV on Fox Network and said that I am a liar and have disappeared. He also lied when he said I had never testified under oath, as I have. It is Mr. Rove who insisted on executive privilege so as to not have to testify under oath about the Siegelman case.

Simpson states that something positive could come from Rove's appearance on the Van Susteren program:

With all that said, I am very grateful that Mr. Rove was hung up about having his alleged bisexuality possibly released that he pointed out on National TV, not once but twice, that you are a man who can possibly get things done in the Obama Administration. For that reason I am asking you to please consider joining us . . . [in] asking President Obama to pardon Don Siegelman. As you may recall, I was the individual that Karl Rove asked to follow Don Siegelman to a party in Alabama to try to catch him cheating with a gay man in his administration named Nick Bailey.

Does all of this have national implications? Simpson says the answer is yes, and she urges Bauer to take action:

In closing, I just want to say that I am sad you got dragged into this, but I am happy that you now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Karl Rove lied on you, me, and Mr. Siegelman. It is time that someone in the Obama Administration stopped this monster maniac from hurting innocent people--and I hope that man is you.

Simpson Bauer Letter


jeffrey spruill said...

So that's why Rove divorced his wife.

Anonymous said...

So the film, "Bulldog in the White House" wasn't fiction? I always thought there was a gay tendency in George W., Rove, amongst others. Does any one recall the male prostitute was given a press pass? It all makes sense.

legalschnauzer said...

Yes, I believe you are talking about Jeff Gannon, who also went by Jeff Gluckert (not sure on the spelling). Can't remember which was his real name. But he's the guy who would hit Dubya with softball questions in press conferences and apparently had extraordinary access to the White House at all kinds of hours.

The Liberal Grouch said...

I would like to know how Ms. Simpson made the connection between Akbar's adult ad (I have a screen cap of him cruising for "masculine chill buds" on "Grindr" at and Karl Rove. I would be interested to know how she formed that link.

Anonymous said...

KKKarl Rove is queer too? It figures, we know about Hitler and his inner circle of SS being queer and the rumors about Stalin, Marks, Pol Pot and Obama have been out there for all to see, but KKKarl? It makes all the sense in the world and explains sooo much.

How fabulous is that!

jeffrey spruill said...

Don't forget Pappy Bush & Reagan.

'Call Boys' took midnight tour of White House

Rick D said...

Rachel Maddow discussed the Rove rant on her show last night, but mostly to address how Rove completely ignored the question about identifying donors to his PAC.

After watching the piece, I knew you would have posted something about what was going on. And I was right. :)

Rick D said...

Oops! Forgot to post the link to the segment of the show, in case you want to watch it.

Himself said...

Obviously it was a while ago when I dashed this off. (Along with a million others.)

Old gee dub gonna keep y'all secure,

Same old line you have to endure.

Forget the spin,

You're easy in.

When you're an active gay male whore.

Matt Osborne said...

While I'm not about to go and say this report of a gay tryst is true, what IS definitely true is that Rove has been deeply connected to the National Bloggers Club since it started. Brett Kimberlin, the man they first tried to frame for their fake SWAT calls, embarrassed the hell out of Rove with one of his "merry prankster" performances back in 2004. I would not be surprised to find out that Rove has been using them for all manner of Nixonian ratfuckery. Anyone who's been reading my blog lately knows I have been tangling with them over a hoax they tried to pull on me and other people in the #stoprush movement. There is no upper limit to their criminality, IMO, and Rove's involvement shows that.

David said...

Roger, you have bravely come forth with the truth about Karl Rove. We now that he "roved" around while he was married to Darby Hickson from Mobile, AL. She and I grew up together and went to high school with Don Siegelman during our first year. I am glad she final divorced the turd blossom.

During the first few months of the Bush occupation of the WH, Rove was seen partying at several gay nightclubs in DC. I read about this on I think there was a comment posted about someone having pictures of Rove doing more than dancing.

The Liberal Grouch said...

For more on the skeezy history of Ali A. Akbar and his alleged connection to Karl Rove, read this.

Anonymous said...

Please. Conservatives like Ann Coulter were even calling Bill Clinton "gay." That crackhead spewing a rumor about Obama on FOX was ridiculous. Any viewer who believed him would have had to be on crack, too! Conservatives have been known to project onto others what is in their own corrupt, twisted hearts. And it's hardly a big shock anymore after Larry "The Bathroom Perv" Craig, and Mark "Stay Away Little Boy" Foley. Sad. But, again, not shocking.

The Liberal Grouch said...

Ms. Simpson holds the key. All I need to know to give these allegations any weight at all is how she went from the discovery of Ali Akbar's ad on a gay service (which I had exposed on my blog, with pictures), to talking with her blogger group, to long-standing rumors about Rove, to the certainty that Karl Rove and Ali Akbar are "an item" (as they say). Karl Rove continues to inflict considerable damage on the progressive cause in America. He will continue to do so unless something stops him. Ms. Simpson holds the final piece of the puzzle, the linch pin, the key to the mystery. The longer we keep that secret, the more damage Rove does... and the more that damage becomes "our fault" because we could have stopped him.

Think of it.

We could have stopped him.

But we chose not to.

Can we live with that?

Anonymous said...

The Liberal Grouch:

I don't think it possible that such linear events would reach a snap conclusion without more information-especially at that level of political significance.

Anonymous said...

A typical Rove ploy to create a false story that then blows up, shown to be false and covering up a deeper story underneath, which would be much more damaging.

I'd be very careful with this, it really does reek badly of a set up by Rove.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about something. Clearly Ali has a criminal record, this is a provablel fact. But simply saying hey I found some posts on an adult site is silly. It's not proof. Anyone could have posted those ads. Come on now, surely none of you are that ignorant of how the internet works. Throwing that kind of unsubstantiated garbage around causes you to lose credibility and it brings into question anything you write or post. That goes for all of you posting here including Ms. Simpson who as an attorney should know better. Frankly I don't know why you or anyone commenting here would do that.

Unknown said...

I find it odd that Rove would use this as a tactic as a "set-up". That just smacks of idiocy. He may be a paranoid but he's no fool. HE GOT COUGHT IN A LIE AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.

truegoss said...

It's a damning accusation but the video link to the Fox News interview with Karl Rove brings up something not connected. Furthermore I found what I think might be the video but this finishes before any mention of Simpson et al. Would really like to see this video. (A transcript would do).

legalschnauzer said...

Here is a link to the Rove interview with Van Susteren. I will see if I can embed it into the video:

legalschnauzer said...

I can't get the video to embed, and I'm not sure the link above will work for everyone. I've included a second link in the first paragraph of this post, and it will take you to an article that includes the video. You can click to view it there. Here is a direct link to that article. I'm pretty sure this will work.