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Rove to Dodge Senate Committee Grilling?

Posted on Aug 1, 2007
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Some call him “Turd Blossom”:  Bush may flex his executive privilege to keep Rove from testifying. 

Once again, it pays to be in the Bush administration’s tight inner circle (especially when the possibility of punishment for alleged wrongdoing looms): It now seems that Karl Rove may be protected by his loyal president and may not have to face the Senate Judiciary Committee about the U.S. attorney firings scandal.

AP via The Huffington Post:

Thursday is the deadline for Karl Rove, Bush’s top political adviser, to provide testimony and documents related to the firings, under a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also subpoenaed was White House political aide J. Scott Jennings. The Justice Department included both men on e-mails about the firings and the administration’s response to the congressional investigation.

White House Counsel Fred Fielding has consistently said that top presidential aides—present and past—are immune from subpoenas and has declared the documents sought off-limits under executive privilege.

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By cyrena, August 6, 2007 at 1:12 am Link to this comment

92438 by purplewolf on 8/05 at 11:49 pm

#91584 Terrence: Does “W” really refer to drove as"turd blossom”? I wondered where that came from.

Me too purplewolf. I always wondered where that came from, figuring it was the same place that the “shrub” came from, - less than admiring citizens?

But, if this is true, then it means he gave his friend/brain the name himself.

And, that’s not surprising.

(I don’t know or care if they’re butt buddies or not, but maybe Condi should)

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By purplewolf, August 6, 2007 at 12:59 am Link to this comment

If G.W.Bushit is so CHRISTIAN AND CLOSE TO GOD, then why does he hide behind the “executive privilege” excuse and why does he say his cronies might be able to testify, but not under oath, or where the public might get wind of something. Hiding behind justice only proves that they know what they are doing is totally illegal.If he was being the GOOD CHRISTIAN he has conned most of Americans to believe he is, he would have no problem being forth coming with the truth and he would order his cronies to do so also.By refusing to do so only tells of total dishonesty. Besides look at his past track record for the last 7 years. Not much honesty there. GOD should be so prond of HIS chosen one to carry out HIS orders.

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By purplewolf, August 6, 2007 at 12:49 am Link to this comment

#91584 Terrence: Does “W” really refer to drove as"turd blossom”? I wondered where that came from. Does that mean that he and bushit are butt buddies(gay lovers) with each other? # 91638- They look like smug pussies to me.They need to be tortured first, then beat the crap out of them.

#91547 Thomas: Tony Snowjob is not human.He is a computer generated hologram. That is why his face never shows any emotion while reading the latest ” *amazing stories” cooked up by this administration.
* not to be confused with the science fiction sereies by Steven Speilberg

#91643 Pacrat: Bush would first have to have a brain before it could be removed.

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By Pacrat, August 2, 2007 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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Rove Still At Large

Did anyone really think that Bush would allow congress to surgically remove his brain? Or even question him?

It should be clear to everyone by this time that by himself Bush lacks the capacity to plot the destruction of our Constitution. But with Rove’s “mind” and Cheney’s “muscle” Bush is doing exactly that and, in the process, has made the US the most despised nation in the world.

Congress must skip over the Department of Justice that has been corrupted and use its own power (and it has it) to arrest Rove and other top level people in this administration. Maybe they could be moved to a secret prison in some undisclosed country and kept under lock and key until they agree to reveal their evil deeds and plans. Playing some rap music 24-7 wouldn’t hurt. Would water boarding help?

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By Terrence Sullivan, August 2, 2007 at 6:13 am Link to this comment
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Yes!  Please put Bill O’Reilly into that category of smug assholes people want to beat the shit out of. Be careful though Bill might throw a loofa at you.  He is such nasty prissy boy.

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By Terrence Sullivan, August 2, 2007 at 6:10 am Link to this comment
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When you look at the smug look on this assholes face, how can you not want to just beat the shit out of him.    Who am I talking about “asshole Bush or asshole Rove” take your pick they both disgust me.

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By cyrena, August 2, 2007 at 3:23 am Link to this comment

#91547 by THOMAS BILLIS on 8/01 at 6:30 pm

•  The guy I most admire in the White House is Tony Snow coming out everyday with this garbage and a straight face.

Not so fast Mr. Billis:), this dude also has burned out his stomach on this. Having willingly gone ahead with this daily activity, even after suffering the initial onslaught of the colon cancer, you’d almost think he had a death wish. I don’t understand it. It’s as high a price for loyalty as gonzo has been willing to pay. And so far, he’s still alive and well, and the AG. So, maybe they’ve got some sort of protection that we don’t know about.

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By Druthers, August 2, 2007 at 1:30 am Link to this comment
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What is wrong with this Congress?  Pelosi is salivating about the “compromise” concerning the enlargment of eavesdripping programs about which Congress knows nothing and wonders why the polls are plummeting.
The pricinpal problem is the violation of the Constitution by the executive branch…this above even the Occupation of Iraq.

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By Terrence Sullivan, August 1, 2007 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

This repugnant person is not “turd blossom” as “W” affectionately calls him but “lying shit bag describes him bett but it also describes Bush, Cheney, Rice, Wolfowicz, Rumsfeld and on and on and on.  Hang em.

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By Frank Cajon, August 1, 2007 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

Rove is the Goebbels of Bush’s Reich (Cheney is Himmler combined with Boorman). He knows where the bodies are buried because he had some stooge bury them, and he already has purged most of the damaging info that could be subpoenaed (remember how he unlawfully ‘deleted’ several years of Emails that were legal documents ‘by accident’? Herr Bush isn’t going to let him get caught committing perjury, so he won’t allow him to testify, same as his mentor, Nixon. The bottom line: the Constitution is asswipe for these power-mad, paranoid, dangerous fascists and the idea of checks and balances was covered during part of class that Bush ditched to shovel coke when he was dodging the draft. Hell will be an ice rink before Rove or any of the Inner Circle is answerable to anyone not in that circle, because Herr Bush also has the Supremely Screwed Court on speed dial, text messaging the decision he wants.

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By waxman, August 1, 2007 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment


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By liberAL, August 1, 2007 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment
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1. Surely the congress knew this would happen.
2. Surely they were prepared and have already instituted their plan of action against Rove.
1. Surely the congress knew this would happen.

No….now we start thinking about what to do to Rove and then a committee must be named to think about it, then we jack around for 2-3 months, then we start the process all over when Bush proclaims the first plan is unconstitutional.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, August 1, 2007 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment
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Hey not so fast he did make him available.No oath,closed session and no notes.Sounds like a good way to shake the truth out of these pathological liars.Look at how truthful Libby and Gonzales have been under oath in open session and with notes.Libby of course being grand jury.If it was not so pathetic it would be a great Marx Bros movie.
The guy I most admire in the White House is Tony Snow coming out everyday with this garbage and a straight face.

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By desertdude, August 1, 2007 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

This President is never held accountable for anything he does. All he has to do is invoke executive privlege. Congress hasn’t got the balls to
do what is right for the American People. IMPEACH THIS ADMINISTRATION NOW.

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By vet240, August 1, 2007 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

Did anyone really expect anything other than this?

Congress must use their power to Impeach to prosecute the President and his staff as stated in the Constitution.

Congress must do its duty as defined in the Constitution. Failure to do so will result in the American people rising up and demanding they respond now!

We could see a complete change in the political fabric of this nation.

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By QuyTran, August 1, 2007 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment

No surprise at all ! The “No Brainer” should be attached firmly to his BRAIN, or I can say that the King is only Karl Rove’s shadow.

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By Frikken Kids, August 1, 2007 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Wasn’t this a foregone conclusion as soon as the subpoena was issued?  Anybody who thought for a second that Rove would actually face Judiciary Committee must be pretty naive.

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By waxman, August 1, 2007 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment


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By Emily Anne, August 1, 2007 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

Of course, of course! The President has made it clear - he is above the Constitution, he is the one who decides if and when the law applies.

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By farmertx, August 1, 2007 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

Another big surprise. Shrub has to be loyal to Der Karl; otherwise,who would tell him what to do or say?

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