House Panel Subpoenas Karl Rove

Lawmakers want to know if attorneys were fired over politics
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 4:42 PM CDT
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove performs with comedians at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association annual dinner, in this March 28, 2007 file photo in Washington.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)
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(Newser) – A House panel slapped Karl Rove with a subpoena today to compel his testimony on the White House's role in the firing of federal attorneys and the prosecution of Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, the Chicago Tribune reports. Rove, due to appear July 10, refused requests to speak voluntarily to the committee. His lawyer called the move a "gratuitous confrontation."

"It is unfortunate that Mr. Rove has failed to cooperate with our requests," said Rep. John Conyers. "Although he does not seem the least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr. Rove and his attorney have apparently concluded that a public hearing room would not be appropriate."