Dems Call for Contempt Charges Against Rove

Some of us think this is long overdue:

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol assailed the administration’s handling of the Justice Department yet again on Wednesday, and a House committee recommended contempt charges against Karl Rove, who was President Bush’s top political adviser.

The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines, 20 to 14, to cite Mr. Rove for defying its subpoena to testify in an inquiry into improper political meddling in the department.

“Mr. Rove has left us no option,” said Representative John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the committee. Mr. Conyers expressed regret that the committee had been forced to use its subpoena power.

“Today’s vote was an important statement by this Committee that no person — not even Karl Rove — is above the law,” Mr. Conyers said.

Long overdue… Now the House Judiciary Committee recommendation will go to the full House, “which voted in February to hold two other former White House officials in contempt in connection with the same inquiry.”

The House’s votes against Joshua B. Bolten, the White House chief of staff, and Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, were the first contempt of Congress citations against the executive branch since the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

For the Bush White House, it’s all political including “hiring.”

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