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Negotiations May Clear a Path for Karl Rove to Testify Before Congress

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Congress is salivating at the thought of getting Karl Rove to testify on the firings of 9 U.S. Attorneys. It looks like it may happen.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — White House lawyers and representatives for former president George W. Bush are engaged in discussions that could clear a path for congressional testimony by onetime Bush aide Karl Rove, three sources familiar with the talks said yesterday.
Word of the negotiations came on the same day that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) issued Rove a fresh subpoena regarding his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006, allegedly for political reasons.
Rove has deflected congressional demands for information about the dismissals by citing executive privilege and instructions from Bush. But Democrats say President Obama’s view of the matter may open the door for Rove’s eventual appearance on Capitol Hill.
“I believe that continued defiance of the subpoena is even less tenable in light of the fact that Mr. Rove is now the former adviser to a former president,” Conyers wrote yesterday in a letter to Rove’s attorney, Robert D. Luskin.
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