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Dems Want Rove in Jail

February 1, 2009
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According to Jerry Nadler, if Karl Rove does not show up and dance at John Conyer’s little dog and pony show, they’re sending him to jail.

“…”Chairman Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena of Karl Rovegives hope to those who want to know the extent of Karl Rove’s abuse of power and his misuse of the Department of Justice as a way to win elections,” Siegelman told Raw Story on Monday evening. “Chairman Conyers’ action gives meaning to the change that has been ushered in by the election of President Obama.”

Asked if he had communicated with the Obama administration on the matter, Nadler said that is “premature,” then backtracked to correct Olbermann’s understanding of what follows a contempt vote.

“Normal contempt is, you simply arrest him,” he said. “The grand jury indicts him, you arrest him for contempt and you put him in jail until he is prepared to testify, to obey the subpoena.”

Nadler added that there is no precedent in US history — save for President Bush’s one-time Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and former Bush White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten — where a presidential adviser has been granted executive privilege when Congress wished to speak with them. He also took the opportunity to call out Miers and Bolten as facing similar contempt citations.

“Mr. Rove has previously refused to appear in response to a Judiciary Committee subpoena, claiming that even former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” Conyers’ office wrote in a release. “That ‘absolute immunity’ position was supported by then-President Bush, but it has been rejected by U.S. District Judge John Bates and President Obama has previously dismissed the claim as ‘completely misguided.'”

Ultimately, explained Nadler, the outcome of the process will be Karl Rove going to court and being sentenced to jail until he decides to testify.

“There is simply no ability to thumb your nose at Congress and say I’m not gonna show up,” he said….”

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