House Judiciary Chairman Subpoenas Karl Rove (Again)Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 00:24
WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., issued a new subpoena Monday to former Bush White House aide Karl Rove, months after Rove deflected an earlier effort to compel his testimony about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and other political disputes that swirled around the Justice Department.
Conyers' committee subpoenaed Rove on May 22, calling on him to testify about his contacts with department officials in the Bush era. But Rove rebuffed the summons, asserting that he was barred from testifying because of executive privilege.
Monday's subpoena may test the limits of that power for the first time since George W. Bush left office, legal experts said. Some Democratic lawyers have suggested that an executive order issued by President Obama last week governing presidential records could make it easier for citizens and lawmakers to gather information about Bush administration controversies.
"Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it," Conyers said. "After two years of stonewalling, it's time for him to talk."