Apr 14, 2007

The fight over documents has gone to red alert

WASHINGTON - The fight over documents has gone to red alert. The White House acknowledges it cannot find four years' worth of e-mails from chief political strategist Karl Rove. The admission has thrust the Democrats' nemesis back into the center of attention and poses a fresh political challenge for President Bush.
The administration has acknowledged that some e-mails missing from Rove's Republican party account may relate to the firing of eight U.S. prosecutors last year. The Democratic-run Congress is investigating whether the firings resulted from political pressure by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the White House.
The Rove connection is sure to be raised when Gonzales testifies Tuesday before Leahy's committee. His appearance, Democratic and Republican lawmakers say, may determine whether the longtime Bush friend can hold onto his job.

Department documents turned over to Congress suggested that Rove and Miers had an early role in planning the firings, despite initial White House statements to the contrary.

Democrats have threatened to issue subpoenas. But, due to the constitutional separation of executive and legislative powers, it is not clear they can force Rove to testify.

"He's been a pet symbol to Democrats," said Fred Greenstein, professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University. "It's clear that he is very important to Bush and that the president takes him very seriously, even if the 2008 election outcome would be totally unaffected by dropping Rove."

Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, denies that his client deleted his own e-mails from a Republican-sponsored computer system. "His understanding, starting very, very early in the administration was that those e-mails were being archived," Luskin said.

Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University, said the controversy over the missing Rove e-mails is another sign of "the downward spiral of an old, tired administration."

While losing Karl Rove won't effect the Elections in '08, his firing might effect Bush himself. How much do you think Rove has on Bush? He's been up his ass forever.

Of course Rove's lawyer denies that he deleted any emails, what's he supposed to do stand up and say that he did?

Nothing new under the sun just a bunch of corrupt politicians running around covering their asses. Just another day on the Hill.

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This has got to be an April Fools joke that is days late. If it isn't it's beyond ridiculus!

Carol said...

Good Morning,
How nice to see you. No it isn't a joke, bur more the norm for this Administration.
Thanks for the visit and the comment.