Federal Probe Targets Rove, WH Operations

Obscure office led by Bush appointee launches investigation
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2007 11:14 AM CDT
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove arrives on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, April 9, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The U.S. attorney firings, disappearing e-mails, and other White House political operations have found their way onto the radar of a small office that normally investigates federal employees' misbehavior. Karl Rove is in the sights of the Office of Special Counsel, whose head has vowed not to "leave any stone unturned," the Los Angeles Times reports.

"We will take the evidence where it leads us," Scott J. Bloch, a Bush appointee, said yesterday of the independent investigation, which will look into the blurring of the lines between the Bush administration's operations and the Republican Party's political machinations. "This is a big deal," said NYU political scientist Paul Light.