House Committee Votes to Hold Karl Rove in Contempt

The House Judiciary Committee today voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt for failing to comply with its subpoena. Here's Rep. John Conyers report (pdf) to the Committee. Marcy at Empty Wheel has analysis.

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    It's about flippin time (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by cawaltz on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:07:16 PM EST
    How many sternly worded lewtters did they send out again? It's time for a showdown.

    The Dems actually (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by CaptainAmerica08 on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:11:57 PM EST
    taking at least a step toward accountability? That made my day. Here's hoping they next make my week...

    It still needs a full vote of the House, right? (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by shoephone on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:13:50 PM EST
    And even if that passed (which is doubtful) what would the result be? Rove isn't going to jail, Bushie will make darn certain of that.

    If the Dems had done this last year it would have had great impact. Now, after all the bend-overs on war funding and FISA, it just feels like too little, too late. But I guess it's something they can try and crow about to their constituents during August recess.

    I hold him in contempt; (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by DCDemocrat on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:17:43 PM EST
    why shouldn't the House, too?

    I'm sure Rove.... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kdog on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:18:56 PM EST
    is shaking in his boots...lol.

    He's above the law and he knows it.

    Every dog has his day, (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by DCDemocrat on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:22:02 PM EST
    and Rove is just short one "r."

    Assuming Rove would be found in (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Anne on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:21:39 PM EST
    contempt of Congress, isn't the next step a referral to the USA for the District of Columbia - and hasn't Mukasey already said that DOJ would not act on such a finding?  Given that it appears that a contempt finding would dead-end at the door of the USA's office, it seems like the only way to get some action and accountability is to go with a finding of inherent contempt.

    The big question for me is, what will Pelosi do on this?  Will she take contempt off the table, or will she - for once - do the right thing?

    It's head-exploding frustrating to grasp the extent to which Rove, with the help of WH counsel, is thumbing his nose at the rule of law, but I suspect this will all dead-end at the Speaker's office, and we will be left holding the pieces of our heads in our hands once again.

    Prediction... (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by desertswine on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:35:10 PM EST
    The committee decision is a recommendation. It remains unclear whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will allow a final vote.

    I would bet, "not."

    with pelosi anything that might help (none / 0) (#15)
    by hellothere on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 05:02:53 PM EST
    the average american is off the table. nancy, whose side are you on anyway?

    too many times i have been happy (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by hellothere on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 05:01:48 PM EST
    and joyful about a tiny step toward accountability and some indication congress might be on our side only to have it dashed by the cold reality they aren't. (personal opinion)

    Nice Work (none / 0) (#8)
    by squeaky on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:23:24 PM EST
    Start tidy up that cell.

    It means absolutely nothing (none / 0) (#9)
    by Saul on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 12:26:52 PM EST
    Would you worry if you knew you were getting a full pardon before Bush leaves.  All of Bush's cronies, will get full pardons before he leaves to include Scooter.  Bush does not want anyone out there that will sing against him after he leaves.  

    Probably not if it's inherent contempt (none / 0) (#11)
    by cmugirl on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 01:23:05 PM EST
    It wouldn't be considered an "offense against the United States" so I don't think there is any mechanism in place for Bush to pardon him.  

    See this


    I sure Bush's legals already have an answer (none / 0) (#12)
    by Saul on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 02:25:21 PM EST
    to the link.  I doubt if this congress or the next congress will pursue any investigation after Bush leaves.  All they got to do is stall this in the legal halls and then there gone in January. Rowe already knows all this and that is why he could give a tinker's dam of what he thinks congress can do to him.

    Too little, too late n/t (none / 0) (#13)
    by bridget on Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 03:27:08 PM EST