The spectre of George W. Bush, still held in the hearts and homes af Americans visiting both its paychecks and pantries, loomed large yesterday as Karl Rove responded to the subpoena issued by John Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week for his alleged role in politicization of the Justice Department as well as the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
In a release regarding the subpoena, Conyers commented,
“I have said many times that I will carry this investigation forward to its conclusion, whether in Congress or in court and today’s action is an important step along the way,… Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it’s time for him to talk.”
Rove thinks better of it. As with the previous action by the same august body, at the insistence of former boss George W. Bush, Mr. Rove announced yesterday that intends to ignore the subpoena. This unprecedented interpretation of immunity due to Executive Privilege and its extension past the term of a sitting president was dictated by a late Executive Order signed by Bush just days before he left office.
It likely will be tested in the near future by President Obama, who may interpret it differently than his predacessor.