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Sunday, July 20, 2008

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Karl Rove Flees the Country, Skips Compelled Testimony Before Congress

Karl Rove failed to appear under subpoena for his scheduled July 9 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the Bush administration's role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006 and the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. Instead of appearing in front of the committee, Rove left the country. His lawyer continued to claim that Rove is "immune" and protected by executive privilege, reminiscent of last year's episode when Rove ignored a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss similar politicization of the Justice Department. The House Judiciary Committee intends to vote later this month on whether to charge Rove with civil and criminal contempt for evading the most recent Congressional subpoena.

A few days after snubbing Congress, Rove somehow found a way to return from abroad in time to speak to reporters in Beverly Hills about his new TV show on Fox News Channel. When asked about his failure to comply with the federal subpoena, Rove told the assembled reporters "It's not between me and Congress. I've not asserted any personal privilege. This is between the White House and Congress." He added, "People talk about me a lot, and they don't see me very often."

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* Bush Library Fundraiser Solicits Cash for Access to Administration Inner Circle

* U.S. Terrorism Watch List Tops 1 Million Records

* Mukasey Suggests Officials Behind Torture Authorization 'Cannot and Should Not' Be Investigated or Charged

* McCain Adviser Phil Gramm Describes U.S. As "A Nation of Whiners"

* Arlington Cemetery Whistleblower Canned For Exposing Limits on Media Access to Soldiers' Funerals

* War Coverage Buried by Networks, Reporters Say


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