Rove and Miers will testify about fired U.S. Attorneys

Rove and Miers have given up the fight. Apparently no-one wanted to have the issue settled in court. From MSNBC:

WASHINGTON – Former top aides to President George W. Bush agreed Wednesday to testify before Congress under oath about the firings of U.S. attorneys, a controversy involving allegations of political interference that became a major issue in Bush’s second term.

The Bush White House had fought attempts to force Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify, and the agreement — steered by aides to President Barack Obama — ended that constitutional standoff with Congress. Both the White House and lawmakers, especially now that Democrat Obama has replaced Republican Bush — were leery of having a judge settle the question about the limits of executive privilege, for fear of losing.

The agreement calls for Rove and Miers, Bush’s top political adviser and White House counsel, to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in closed depositions “under the penalty for perjury,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich. The committee says it also might call the two for public testimony.

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  1. #1 by cav, on March 4, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    I suspect her dementia will rear up, I can even see her drooling, and he’ll be more than willing to expand on the subtleties of the Buchannan administration, while being particularly unable to recall having conversed at all, in the e-mails or anywhere else, about shaking down the courts for anything smacking of free thought.

    Good soldiers.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on March 5, 2009 - 8:51 am

    What a deal. Ignore repeated congressional subpoenas with impunity, then get politely invited to a closed-door deposition months from now.

    Rove and every other top Bush official should be served with a subpoena, and if they don’t comply Congress ought to arrest them under the power of inherent contempt. Then they ought to be put under oath at a televised hearing. At that point, they can claim executive privilege if they so desire. Executive privilege doesn’t mean you can ignore a subpoena.

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