Monday, June 16, 2008
In a letter to Karl Rove's attorney we see John Conyors, Jr., Chair of the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law saying that "[a]s Committee staff made clear, and as we indicated in our May 1 letter, the proposal that we somehow seek to separate the Siegelman matter from the broader issue of politicization of the Justice Department is unacceptable."
The letter lets Rove know that he needs to appear on July 10th, and that if he has specific objections to questions, he can make the objections at that time. But the letter also states to Rove's attorney that, " [w]e remain very willing to meet with you and your client to discuss this matter."
In the meantime, DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility and the Inspector General are also conducting an investigation into specific cases and looking perhaps at whether politics may have entered into the DOJ. (see here). Dan Slater, over at the Wall Street Jrl Blog, reports on some recent events in the investigation of the "attorney-firings" in his blog entry, U.S. Attorney Mess: DOJ Files First Grand-Jury Referral.
Although it it good to see Congress stepping in to provide some oversight, there is still one item missing here - where is the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether politics improperly entered into the decision-making process in DOJ? Should DOJ be handling this investigation, or isn't this a conflict?