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Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Angry About Criminal Probe into U.S. Atty Firings; Bush Congratulated Him On Report

Newark Star-Ledger Editorial Questions Some of Ex-U.S. Atty Chris Christies’ Actions

Ex-U.S. Attorney is learning that running for governor is a lot harder than being the U.S. Attorney during the Bush years– even when one of your real bosses is Karl Rove.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By The Star-Ledger Editorial Board
NEWARK, N.J. –A high horse is a difficult thing to ride, as Chris Christie is finding out. After building his image as a white knight rescuing New Jersey from the dragon of corruption, Christie is showing some gaps in his armor.

The Republican candidate for governor is facing questions about a loan of $46,000 he made to an assistant when he was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and failed to report on his income tax and financial disclosure forms. He says it was a mistake and is filing amended reports. If there’s no more to this story, it may blow over. Gov. Jon Corzine can’t make much of it without reviving questions about the Democrat’s own financial entanglement with former state labor leader Carla Katz.

Of more concern is the disclosure that, while New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, Christie spoke with Karl Rove, political guru to George W. Bush.

Christie says they never discussed legal cases; Rove says they talked about Christie’s interest in running for governor. That raises questions about whether Christie took steps toward a campaign while still U.S. Attorney, in possible violation of the Hatch Act.

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N.Y. Times Editorial Urges Authorities to Keep Digging into U.S. Atty. Firings

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

By The New York Times
Editorial Page

Documents released by Congress, including testimony from Karl Rove, offer powerful new evidence that the Bush administration fired top prosecutors who refused to use their offices to promote the electoral fortunes of Republicans.

Turning law enforcement into a tool of partisan politics is a serious offense, and a Justice Department investigation is under way. Congress must also continue its investigation and call Mr. Rove and others to testify publicly so the American people can hear for themselves how the justice system was hijacked.

The materials released on Tuesday paint an ugly picture of fair-minded prosecutors under siege by the White House for refusing to politicize their offices. And it puts Mr. Rove, former President George W. Bush’s chief political operative, at the center of it.

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Read Kansas City Star Editorial on Firing of Local U.S. Attorney

Documents Reveal Campaign to Oust New Mexico U.S. Atty. David Iglesias

David Iglesias
David Iglesias

It comes as no surprise that there was more politics involved than originally thought.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.

A campaign to oust Iglesias intensified after state party officials and GOP members of the congressional delegation apparently concluded he was not pursuing the cases against Democrats in a way that would help then- Rep. Heather Wilson in a tight reelection race, according to interviews and Bush White House e-mails released Tuesday by congressional investigators. The documents place the genesis of Iglesias’s dismissal earlier than previously known.

The disclosures mark the end of a 2 1/2 year investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, which sued to gain access to Bush White House documents in a dispute that struck at the heart of a president’s executive power. House members have reserved the right to hold a public hearing at which Rove, Miers, and other aides could appear this fall.

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Karl Rove Had Bigger Role in U.S. Atty Firings Than Previously Understood

Frankly, it would have been a heck of lot more surprising if Karl Rove had minimal involvement in the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush administration.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

WASHINGTON — Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, in a scandal that led to mass Justice Department resignations and an ongoing criminal probe.

The e-mails and new interviews with key participants reflect contacts among Rove, aides in the Bush political affairs office and White House lawyers about the dismissal of three of the nine U.S. attorneys fired in 2006: New Mexico’s David C. Iglesias, the focus of ire from GOP lawmakers; Missouri’s Todd Graves, who had clashed with one of Rove’s former clients; and Arkansas’s Bud Cummins, who was pushed out to make way for a Rove protege.

The documents and interviews provide new information about efforts by political aides in the Bush White House, for example, to push a former colleague as a favored candidate for one of the U.S. attorney posts. They also reflect the intensity of efforts by lawmakers and party officials in New Mexico to unseat the top prosecutor there.

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Karl Rove Deposed in U.S. Attorney Firing Probe

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

If anyone can shine light on the matter, it’s Karl Rove. He loves to talk as a regular on Fox News. Let’s see if he was as talkative during this deposition.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN & JOSH GERSTEIN
The Politico
WASHINGTON — Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was deposed Tuesday by attorneys for the House Judiciary Committee, according to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel’s chairman.

Rove’s deposition began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m, with several breaks, Conyers said.

Conyers would not comment on what Rove told congressional investigators, what the next step in the long-running Judiciary Committee investigation would be or whether Rove would face additional questioning.

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Now It’s Getting Interesting: Karl Rove Scheduled to Answer Questions in Criminal Probe into U.S. Atty Firings

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Karl Rove, who surely had his hand in shaping much of the Bush administration’s business and ideology, can shed some light on the controversial U.S. Atty. firings if he wants to. But that’s the real question: Does he want to? A frequent commentator on Fox News, we’ll see if  he can be  fair and balanced when it comes to answering these questions.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Former top White House official Karl Rove will be interviewed tomorrow as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration, according to two sources familiar with the appointment.

Rove has remained in the news as a commentator and political analyst since departing the White House. In an essay in today’s Wall Street Journal, he criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), arguing that she may have misled the public about her knowledge of detainee interrogation tactics that critics assert are torture.

As a senior adviser to President George W. Bush, Rove emerged at the center of numerous policy and political debates. He will be questioned tomorrow by Connecticut prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy, who was named last year to examine whether any former senior Justice Department and White House officials lied or obstructed justice in connection with the dismissal of federal prosecutors in 2006.

Robert D. Luskin, a lawyer for Rove, declined comment this afternoon on the imminent interview. So did Tom Carson, a spokesman for Dannehy.

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Agreement Clears Way for Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to Testify in U.S. Atty Firings

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Clearly the firings of 9 U.S. Attorneys during the Bush Administration was a low point for the Justice Department during that era. But just as shameful has been the efforts made by Bush Aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to avoid testifying before Congress to help clear up some questions. Finally something has been worked out. Let the fun begin.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Attorneys for former president George W. Bush, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Obama administration reached agreement yesterday to resolve a long-running dispute over the scope of executive power, a move that will allow lawmakers to question Bush aides Karl Rove and Harriet E. Miers about their roles in the firing of nine federal prosecutors in 2006.

The pact follows weeks of negotiations led by White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig, who wanted to avert a federal court showdown that could have restricted the authority of the president in future disputes with other branches of government.

Under the terms of the deal, former presidential adviser Rove and former White House lawyer Miers will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in transcribed interviews, under penalty of perjury, but without cameras, reporters or members of the public in attendance. The transcripts eventually will be published, the agreement said.

The settlement gives the Judiciary Committee access to long-sought internal documents prepared by the Bush White House and the Justice Department from December 2004 through March 2007 about the politically explosive firing of the nine prosecutors.

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Former Fired U.S. Atty. David Iglesias Comments on Latest Development (TPMmuckraker)

Here’s One of the Agreements Rove Worked Out Before Agreeing to Testify (TPMmuckraker)