Rove Will Cooperate in US Attorney Firings Inquiry

Had refused to take part in earlier investigation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2009 6:49 AM CST
In this July 14, 2005 file photo, President George W. Bush and his then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove are pictured leaving the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – In a reversal, Karl Rove will cooperate with a federal investigation into the firings of nine US attorneys, Talking Points Memo reports. Rove had refused to cooperate in an earlier inquiry on the firings, which Justice Department officials said severely “hindered” the inquiry. A lawyer for Rove says the earlier refusal was mandated by the White House counsel: “It was not up to us decide."

Now, however, “I can say that he would cooperate” with the new investigation “if asked,” the lawyer said.