After a tug of war over publicity, a congressional judiciary subcommittee voted to summon Karl Rove and other White House adjuncts to testify about their parts in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys. The Bush administration had protested earlier that going public with the case would create a “political spectacle.”
New York Times:
By voice vote, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president’s top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings.
The White House has refused to budge in the controversy, standing by embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and insisting that the firings were appropriate. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that in offering aides to talk to the committees privately, Bush had sought to avoid the ‘‘media spectacle’’ that would result from public hearings with Rove and others at the witness table.