Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rove Wants "To Visit" With Congress?

Remember when Republicans did anything and everything they could to bring down President Clinton? Including getting their cronies to convene a grand jury on Whitewater and subpoena members of Clinton's inner circle of advisers?

Senior Adviser To Clinton Gets Jury Subpoena

Published: March 18, 1994

A grand jury investigating President Clinton's ties to the Whitewater investigation today subpoenaed George Stephanopoulos, one of the President's closest advisers, to testify.

Meantime, under pressure from Republicans to investigate the Whitewater case, the Senate tonight voted, 98 to 0, to instruct its leaders of both parties to meet to try to arrange public hearings. The vote does not necessarily mean hearings will take place any time soon.

Mr. Stephanopoulos is the only White House official subpoenaed so far who apparently did not participate in meetings with Treasury Department officials about Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan Association, a failed Arkansas institution that was owned by Bill and Hillary Clinton's partner in the Whitewater land venture.

Karl wants a visit? Do you think he expects light refreshments?

In five letters to the House Judiciary Committee, "my lawyer has offered for me to go up to visit with members of Congress, visit with the staff or respond to written questions without foreclosing any future action by Congress," Rove said.

People in hell want ice water, Karl.

Lawmakers subpoenaed Rove in May to force him to talk about whether he played a role in prosecutors' decisions to pursue cases against Democrats, such as former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, or in firing federal prosecutors considered disloyal to the Bush administration.

Rove has said previously he is bound to follow the White House's guidance, although he has offered to answer questions specifically on the Siegelman case — but only with no transcript taken and not under oath.

After Rove failed to appear Thursday, the Democratic chairman of a House subcommittee ruled that Rove was breaking the law by refusing to cooperate. It was perhaps the first step toward holding him in contempt of Congress.

The White House has cited executive privilege as a reason he and others who serve or served in the administration shouldn't testify, arguing that internal administration communications are confidential and that Congress cannot compel officials to testify.

A decision on whether to pursue contempt charges now goes to the full Judiciary Committee and ultimately to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Gee, I'll bet that these guys would've preferred "a nice visit" to the grilling they got and the legal bills they were forced to pay... because the Republicans were in charge:

White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty,

White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles,

White House Chief of Staff John Podesta,

Senior Advisor and Deputy White House Counsel Bruce Lindsey

Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes,

Counsel to the President Bernard Nussbaum,

Counsel to the President Jack Quinn,

Counsel to the President Charles Ruff,

Counsel to the President Beth Nolan,

Chief of Staff to the Vice President Roy Neel,

Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Assistant to the President Margaret

Special Counsel to the President Lanny Breuer,

Deputy Counsel to the President Cheryl Mills,

Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs Douglas

Deputy Assistant to the President John Emerson

Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel Bob

Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of Presidential Personnel Marsha

And Karl Rove wants "to visit" with lawmakers.

Isn't that nice?

OK, Pelosi. This is your last best chance to impress me.

And a sternly worded letter to Mr. Rove's attorneys won't cut it.

Got that, Nancy?

Number of days since Donna Brazile promised to leave the party if superdelegates decided the Dem nominee:

Donna has known for a long time now that superdelegates would be necessary for any Dem candidate to win the nomination this year. Ask Donna when she intends to keep her promise.
Don't hold your breath awaiting a reply.

"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are."
-Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


Blogger Mountain Sage said...

Are they going to hold him in contempt? God knows they haven't held anyone else accountable.

Mountain Sage

8:40 PM  
Blogger HT said...

Delilah, I've been reading you for a long time, and wanted you to know that I really enjoy your postings.
I don't usually comment unless I disagree, so I'll continue to lurk.
Well done!

1:16 AM  

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