Tuesday, August 18, 2009
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers intends to call on former Bush administration officials Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify publicly before the Committee this fall regarding the politicized firing of U.S. attorneys, reports Jason Leopold of The Public Record.
Conyers just last week released transcripts of Rove's and Mier's private interviews with the Committee, conducted in June and July, and related documents. The transcripts and documents, including scores of e-mails, provide an unprecedented look at the processes that led to the firings.
Conyers's call for public testimony, and Rove's and Mier's expected refusal, would reopen the dispute about Rove's and Mier's claimed immunity and the Committee's contempt case against them. (Recall that the Committee filed for contempt after Rove and Miers refused to comply with subpoenas. The parties agreed to stay the litigation "until at least the completion of the [private] interviews.") The agreement between the Committee and Rove and Miers starts on page 4 of Rove Exhibit 1.