Tying up Loose Ends: Siegelman Wants Rove to Testify Again and Obama Vanquishes Myths about Health Care Reform

The Wall Street Journal reported that Rove visited government agencies to outline White House CampaignAs covered by MSNBCs 1600 Avenue and reported in The Wall Street Journal, Rove visited government agencies to outline White House Campaign strategies before the 2004 election.

Karl Rove finally testified before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors in July 2009 regarding the U.S. Attorney firings. The preliminary transcripts of both July 7 and July 30, 2009 indicate that Rove failed to testify under formal oath. Bush Administration emails that surfaced during Rove’s appearance and that are in the transcript documents clearly show that Rove’s role in the U.S. Attorney firings was greater than he previously admitted.

Many Americans are calling for additional testimony by Rove regarding other possible political prosecutions that took place during the Bush Administration. The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove documentary reveals the stories of numerous people, primarily democrats, who claim they were the target of political prosecutions and misuse of the Justice Department due in part to efforts of Karl Rove.

Former Governor Don Siegelman Wants Justice.  He Wants Karl Rove to Testify Again, but this time Under Oath:

The saga continues…Former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama wants Karl Rove to testify again–this time under oath. Siegelman claims Rove was instrumental in behind the scenes maneuverings to get him prosecuted by Alabama U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, the wife of Rove’s GOP colleague, Bill Canary. In his recent testimony as the transcript shows, Rove has numerous memory lapses about his role in the Siegelman case. Meanwhile, other witnesses like Dana Jill Simpson have gone on 60 Minutes and testified under formal oath before the House Judiciary Committee stating Rove played a crucial role in moving the wheels of power to railroad Siegelman. For some strange reason, Rove falsely claims in his Aug. 19, 2009 WSJ opinion piece, “Closing In On Rove” that Simpson, an Alabama attorney and former Republican campaign volunteer, did not cooperate with the Siegelman prosecution investigation. This is far from the truth. Simpson testified on September 14, 2007, almost two years before Rove finally testified, as she states in her letter of rebuttal to the Wall Street Journal which does not yet appear to be published by the WSJ.

Rove had many “not that I recall”, “not that I am aware of” and “I don’t recall” moments in his July 2009 testimony about his role in the Siegelman prosecution and U.S. Attorney firings.

What’s Up with Rove and Facts?  Does He Believe in Them?

As indicated in Rove’s recent media posts, his interpretation of his July House Judiciary Committee testimony blatently ignores the actual facts now on record. Rove’s current strategy–attack his critics and play the victim. In a recent column in the Wall Street Journal Rove says that Conyers, The New York Times and the Washington Post all owe him an apology for getting him to testify through their news coverage. Rove erroneously believes his testimony exonerated him. According to the L.A. Times phone interview with House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), Rove’s testimony revealed his greater role in the U.S. Attorney firings:

Schiff said, “The White House involvement began earlier than we had thought, and their input went well beyond what they had stated publicly.”

Karl Rove Directed US Attorney Firings for Political Purposes


Rove Uses Diversionary Tactics…The Bait and Switch Approach…

Rove has gone on the defensive by attacking his critics and using diversionary tactics to try and change the topic to what the White House is doing. However, the focus is still on Rove across all news media.  The Blogosphere is covering every angle of Karl Rove’s failure to acknowledge the facts.

Obama Sets the Record Straight on Health Care Reform

The Obama administration has increased its efforts to set the record straight on Health Care Reform and dispel the myths of  meritless rumors about so-called Death Panels. Organizations like FreedomWorks have unfortunately contributed to misinformation about the Health Care debate.  Evidence shows that Astroturf organizations creating much disinformation are funded by major corporate interests including oil companies.

Will Rove Remember his Highly Partisan Misuse of Federal Agencies and Employees under Bush Now Documented in the Testimony Exhibits?

In particular, see the RExhibits, p. 27, the letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, regarding the Committee’s “oversight inquiry regarding political briefings pertaining to elections or candidates provided to Department of Justice officials in the White House between January 20, 2001 and April 26, 2007.”

Rove Sends Administration Official to Conservative Wednesday Meetings

As covered by MSNBC and reported by the New York Times, Rove consistently sent Bush administration officials to conservative coalition weekly Wednesday strategy sessions.

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez Talks About Karl Rove’s Testimony on U.S. Attorney Scandal

Kitty Reporter Still Thinks Karl Rove Should Testify Under Oath in Public About the U.S. Attorney Scandal

What was Rove’s Role in Misuse and Politicization of Other Agencies like EPA under Bush?

ThinkProgress provides more details about the numerous government agencies Rove and other Bush administration officials politicized in addition to the Justice Department. The misuse of federal employees were frequently part of a comprehensive strategy to ramp up support for key GOP candidates or influential interest groups for upcoming elections in 2004 and 2006.  The roster of agencies includes:

  • Office of Faith Based Initiatives
  • General Services Administration
  • Interior Department
  • Defense Department
  • NASA
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Health and Human Services
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The New York Times provides archived articles about Rove’s activities.

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