Conyers Subpoenas Karl Rove: "It’s Time to Talk"
|For Immediate Release
January 26, 2009
| Contact: Jonathan Godfrey
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John
Conyers, Jr. issued a subpoena to Karl Rove requiring him to testify
regarding his role in the Bush administration's politicization of the
Department of Justice, including the U.S. attorney firings and the
prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The subpoena was
issued pursuant to authority granted in H.R. 5 (111th Congress), and
calls for Mr. Rove to appear at deposition on Monday, February 2, 2009.
Mr. Rove has previously refused to appear in response to a Judiciary
Committee subpoena, claiming that even former presidential advisers
cannot be compelled to testify before Congress. That "absolute
immunity" position was supported by then-President Bush, but it has
been rejected by U.S. District Judge John Bates and President Obama has
previously dismissed the claim as "completely misguided."
"I have said many times that I will carry this investigation forward
to its conclusion, whether in Congress or in court, and today's action
is an important step along the way," said Mr. Conyers. Noting that the
change in administration may impact the legal arguments available to
Mr. Rove in this long-running dispute, Mr. Conyers added "Change has
come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two
years of stonewalling, it's time for him to talk."
A copy of the subpoena (.pdf) is linked here.