Rove Won't Testify, Citing Privilege

Counsel orders adviser to keep mum; Gonzales stands pat on testimony
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2007 6:24 AM CDT
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, right, followed by fellow White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joseph Hagin, left, waves upon their return to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 24,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The White House has ordered Karl Rove to keep quiet—despite a subpoena by congressional Dems probing the US Attorney firings. In a political fait accompli, counsel Fred Fielding told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the adviser is "immune from compelled congressional testimony" about White House machinations.

Meanwhile, AG Alberto Gonzalez refused to alter his own Senate testimony about warantless wiretapping—even after warnings of a perjury investigation, the Washington Post reports. Gonzalez told Chairman Patrick Leahy that his testimony "may have created confusion," but denied he had lied.