Friday, July 27, 2007

Rove and Jennings Receive Subpoenas

On what appears to be an "in for a penny, in for a pound" approach, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent subpoenas (here) to White House aides Karl Rove and J. Scott Jennings, the deputy political director, to testify and provide documents related to the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006.  Rove's name appears in e-mails from Kyle Sampson, Attorney General Gonzales' then-chief of staff, approving the firings, and Jennings corresponded with, among others, Monica Goodling, Gonzales' White House liaison.  The subpoenas require their appearance on August 2, although the odds of either appearing are nil.  The White House asserted the position that current and former Presidential aides have a complete immunity from appearing before Congress on the ground of Executive Privilege to resist subpoenas to Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten.  Given that both Rove and Jennings currently work in the White House, I believe there is no realistic chance they will appear before the Committee, even if only to assert Executive Privilege.  So you can probably add their names to the list of those who will be the subject of a debate over possible contempt of Congress charges, much like Miers and Bolten before them.  (ph)

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