Category Archives: Rove

Rove will not be testifying before Congress..what a surprise!

The title is tongue in cheek of I am sure no one on this planet is shocked by the news that Rover will not be visiting the Hill as a guest of the House Judiciary Committee.

The latest request for Krazy Karl to appear is based on the investigation into the Don Siegelman affair I mean that the Rethugs seriously made hay at Don’s expense. From the RawStory writeup:

In his latest offer to settle the matter, Rove sent the panel a letter offering to respond to questions in writing, according to his attorney. But he reiterated that he would not testify publicly and under oath.

Committee leaders did not immediately answer questions about how they will respond. Earlier this month, they threatened to subpoena Rove if he did not agree to appear voluntarily by Monday.

Sweet friggin Jaysus, wtf do the idiots think they can do? They have subpoenaed this jackass how many times now and still not done a damn thing to him.

The Dems have no balls nor do they plan to rent any during this session of Congress. What a fucking pity…BushCo is not only in Contempt of Congress, they actually have contempt for Congress.

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Satan is leaving the will resign.

The story broke not by a reporter, but the OpEd guy at the WSJ. Strange wouldn’t you say? This story also breaks on the heels of a nasty writeup by the Atlantic Monthly.

Personally, I don’t know if this is good news or bad news..but Rover is resigning effective end of August. WaPo as well as a zillion other sites have a piece up about it.

I think he plans to go to work on Fred Thompson’s campaign..just a hunch. Congress still needs to charge him with Contempt of Congress. This smarmy sumbitch needs to be held accountable. A quote from Rover on the subject:

“There’s always something that can keep you here,” Rove said, “and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.”

His family?? I thought the man was raised by wolves? Of course he says he doesn’t PLAN to work on any Presidential Campaign..but we know how folks change their minds. He has a son in college, so if the draft is created..he won’t be serving either…just like his Daddy.

He also stated in the WaPo article he wants to teach someday..what..Dirty Tricks 101??? Or how about Destroying the Constitution, advanced studies??

Will BushCo be able to function without its brain?

We shall wait and see my dear reader..

EDIT: Campaign For America’s Future has a good piece up by Rick Perlstein about what Rover might actually be pulling.

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”I honestly don’t have a recollection”

This was the response of Ms. Doan when asked about the powerpoint presentation that Scott Jennings, Rovers right hand man, held at the GSA in January that was about helping the Republicans win the next election .

She must be a Reaganite no? Doesn’t matter, its still a violation of the Hatch Act.

The hearing today from Waxman’s Oversight Committee was about allegations that GSA Administrator Lurita Doan failed to follow proper procedures for awarding federal contracts, attempted to intervene in contract negotiations, and engaged in partisan political activities on federal property.

The Sun Microsystems contract was discussed heavily..she didn’t remember much on that one either. The taxpayers got bilked out of $27 million according to testimony later in the hearing by the Inspector General.

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The history of executive officials testifying before Congressional committees

I know it’s a long title. But its the title of a very valuable tool that congress can use if they have to take BushCo to court in order to get Harriet and Rover to testify. The report was prepared by the Congressional Research Service. This report was last updated October 6th 2004. Just a little about the CRS:

The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.

History and Mission

Congress created CRS in order to have its own source of nonpartisan, objective analysis and research on all legislative issues. Indeed, the sole mission of CRS is to serve the United States Congress. CRS has been carrying out this mission since 1914, when it was first established as the Legislative Reference Service. Renamed the Congressional Research Service by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970, CRS is committed to providing the Congress, throughout the legislative process, comprehensive and reliable analysis, research and information services that are timely, objective, nonpartisan, and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature.

The short of it is..the CRS is the legal research brain of Congress. They have provided Congress with a fairly good oral argument, imho, they can use when Bush’s latest bullshit move is taken through the court’s. But on to their report.

Since 1944, 74 members of the Presidents inner circle have testified before congress or their committee’s. Only 8 have refused or weren’t compelled to testify. Thats a LOT of friggin precedence sportsfans…lots of it. Guess who the guy is that currently is playing advisor to the Prez on this topic…go ahead..guess already.

Fred Fielding. Freddy was a legal counsel to Nixon. During WaterGate. We know how that turned out..nuff said. But I digress…

Don’t buy Tony Snow’s latest round of horseshit that Congress has no oversight when it comes to the President. Mr. Snowjob used the words ‘unprecedented’ and ‘highly unusual’. We are calling bullshit on that right here and now.

Tony Snow had the audacity to state in a press conference last week that if Harriet and Rove went into the lions den known as Congress, under the terms set by Congress, it would set a precedence. His exact words were:

Q If it’s behind closed doors, what’s the problem?

MR. SNOW: The thing that we have said all along is, we think that you ought to have the ability for members of Congress to get information in a way that also does not create precedence, and is going to have a chilling effect for presidential advisors to be able to give their full and fair advice to the President of the United States. We think that the compromise we shaped enables us to fulfill that obligation to the President, and to the public in terms of first-rate advice from the White House and the people working in the White House, and at the same time, allows Congress to do what it has to do, which is conduct oversight. There is nothing that says Congress has to have television; it says that Congress does have oversight responsibilities and needs to get at the facts.

In his next breath..he said this:

Q They get to be in public, but you want your guys behind closed doors.

MR. SNOW: There are — in this particular case, the Department of Justice — the Congress does have legitimate oversight responsibility for the Department of Justice. It created the Department of Justice. It does not have constitutional oversight responsibility over the White House, which is why by our reaching out, we’re doing something that we’re not compelled to do by the Constitution, but we think common sense suggests that we ought to get the whole story out, which is what we’re doing.(emphasis mine)

If Congress thinks the executive branch is pulling a fast one or lying their asses off, you bet your left nut(or tit) they have oversight responsibility over the White House. I don’t give a shit what Tony Snow says. Yes, they could have a Special Prosecutor..but why waste time? Do it yourself Congress, cut out the damn middle man ok? Thanks, now stick to your guns please.

Another question everyone should be asking is why in the blue hell did BushCo slip in that little amendment to the fucking Patriot Act that said they could appoint who ever they friggin wanted without Congressional approval? You know they backed their asses down from that one as soon as everyone on the Hill thought about it. But a bigger question is..

Why would they put a mindless fuckwit like Tim Griffin in one of the USA’s post? This man has never done a fucking thing that mattered unless you count being a Republican operative and a good bud of Karl Rove. Thats part of the job description for US Attorney now? No shit?

I doubt it. But Rove thought he was perfect for Bud Cummins job in Arkansas. And guess what? Timmy got it..without being confirmed by the Congress, thanks to that g-d Patriot Act provision I mentioned earlier.

Another point of fact. Rove is known for using the RNC email system instead of the government email system. Perhaps part of the missing email trail is there. Its worth a look, its worth asking him about. As Froomkin points out here, It’s against the law to use the RNC email system while your working for the executive branch. Its something about accountability. That pesky accountability thing..damn I just know Bush and Rove hate that.

As Salon writer Joe Conason points out, Rove is a liar. He calls him a proven liar, but I won’t go that far. Four trips to the Grand Jury say he wasn’t sharing recipes and frankly I do believe Conason when he says the reason Rover had 4 trips to the GJ is because he narrowly skirted an indictment his OWN self and finally fessed up that he was involved in outing Valerie Plame.

I have laid out enough reasons that Harriet and Rove should testify in front of Congressional committees. They should testify under oath and with a transcript of the hearing. Nothing less should be accepted. I would also like to see it on Cspan, but I will sit and read the transcript if I have to.

You can bet your sweet ass that I will read the transcript. Bush hasn’t seen the last of Congressional oversight. Fuck that bastard, the shit hasn’t even started to be flung. Get those raincoats and rubber boots on boys..your ass and your bullshit are about to be exposed.

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Conyers and his group will subpoena Rove and Miers, Schumer and his group aren’t buying what BushCo is selling

Conyers, Sanchez to seek subpoenas for Rove, Miers

March 20, 2007
The House Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday that Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Chairwoman Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) would seek the authority to subpoena White House adviser Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers.

The subcommittee will meet Wednesday to consider the subpoenas for Rove, Miers and three other administration officials. In addition, the panel will also discuss subpoenaing White House and Department of Justice documents.

Schumer just spoke on MSNBC and reiterated that the WH position of Rove and Miers speaking off the record and behind closed doors won’t friggin cut it.

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