News Flash: Karl Rove Not Above the Law After All
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Karl Rove testifying before the House Judiciary Committee under penalty of perjury is one of those things you always wish for and work toward, but never quite imagine actually happening until you see the headline. A pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming moment along the lines of Barack Obama becoming President or the Philadelphia Phillies winning the World Series. Well, Obama is firmly in the White House and the Phils are reigning champs, so why the hell shouldn't Rove be under the spotlight of congressional scrutiny?
After all, we've been pushing for months to Send Karl Rove to Jail. Last summer, I went down to DC and delivered a petition with over 127,000 signatures to Rep. Linda Sanchez, a House Judiciary Committee (HJC) member who has led the charge against Rove. That petition helped persuade the HJC to hold Rove in contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena. Now, that push has finally resulted in Rove testifying before the HJC about his involvement in the US attorneys scandal and the wrongful prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman.
Imagine being about to interrogate someone as diabolically deceitful as Rove for the role he played in the politicization of the Justice Department. Imagine being able to pore over the five boxes of internal White House memos and e-mails that the HJC will finally get to examine. Keep in mind this is the same scandal that already was a huge black eye for the Bush administration when it ruined Alberto Gonzales' career. Who knows what justice Congress now has in store for Rove!
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.