[Just a side note that I find it interesting that this article was posted at 11:11am]
July 8, 2009, 11:11 AM ET
Susan Davis reports on politics.
Former senior Bush administration official Karl Rove was deposed for several hours Tuesday by House Judiciary Committee attorneys for a long-running inquiry in to the firings of certain U.S. attorney’s during Bush’s presidency.
Committee Chairman John Conyers confirmed the deposition but offered no further details. While in office, President George W. Bush refused to let Rove or White House counsel Harriet Miers testify, citing executive privilege. The Associated Press notes that Rove’s attorney reached an agreement earlier this year to have Rove testify. Miers was deposed last month.
Meanwhile another controversial Bush administration figure, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, has finally landed a job. He will be a visiting professor at Texas Tech, according to an announcement by the university.
Rove Testifies Before House Committee on U.S. Attorney Firings
Top Bush White House adviser questioned on any role he may have played in prosecutor firings.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
WASHINGTON — Former Bush White House official Karl Rove was questioned by House Judiciary Committee lawyers Tuesday on any role he may have played in politically motivated firings of U.S. attorneys.
Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., confirmed Rove’s closed-door appearance through a committee spokesman who was not authorized to be quoted by name.
The committee has been seeking answers on who created the list of federal prosecutors who would lose their jobs. Conyers has suspected the trail led to the White House but couldn’t prove it. Former President George W. Bush asserted executive privilege for Rove and former White House lawyer Harriet Miers and refused to let them testify.
An agreement was struck in March between Rove’s lawyer and the committee for Rove, who was Bush’s top political adviser, to testify on the prosecutors’ firings, as well as the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama. Siegelman, a Democrat, has alleged that his prosecution was pushed by Republicans, including Rove.
The agreement called for Rove to testify “under the penalty for perjury,” Conyers has said. The committee could release the transcripts afterward, but the agreement also allowed for public testimony.
Nine U.S. attorneys were fired. An internal Bush Justice Department investigation concluded that political considerations played a part in at least four of the dismissals.
Rove’s appearance before the Judiciary Committee was first reported Tuesday night by the Web site Politico.
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