Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

Another Beauty From the Do-Nothing Congress On Viacodin

Posted in Uncategorized by allisonkilkenny on May 23, 2008

Karl Rove was issued a subpoena today to testify about the Don Siegelman set-up. So what? Nothing sticks to the Teflon Weiner, and I’m sure he’ll slip out of Conyers’ desperately clutching paws once again. In Washington, no politician or lobbyist is ever held accountable for their actions, so why should Karl suffer the first mighty thrashing of justice?

Source: The Gavel

(Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued a subpoena to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for testimony about the politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman’s case. Yesterday, Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, sent a letter to the Committee expressing that Rove would not agree to testify voluntarily, per the Committee’s previous requests.

So let’s break out the champagne glasses! Well, not yet. You see, in D.C. it doesn’t matter if you’re subpoenaed. If you’re Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, or Josh Bolten, you get to flip-off the fuming Democrats and sashay back to the private sector without so much as a slap on the wrist.

Kagro X put it succinctly:

The bad news comes in two parts:

1. In case you’ve forgotten, Karl Rove’s already been subpoenaed. A year ago. By the Senate Judiciary Committee. Never testified. Never held in contempt. So how scared do you think he is this time?

2. It was also about a year ago that the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten. Their testimony was demanded and refused over a series of sliding deadlines over July of last year. A year later, neither one has testified, or even shown up at a hearing in person to say why they refuse to testify.

So why didn’t they have to testify? Find out behind the cut…

What ever happened with those subpoenas? Well, the full House voted to hold both Miers and Bolten in contempt of Congress, and referred the charges to the U.S. Attorney for prosecution. The U.S. Attorney told the House to go jump in the lake. The House did the next best thing, voting to authorize the Judiciary Committee to file suit to enforce the subpoenas.

But hey, gosh darn it, wouldn’t you know it? The case got assigned to former Whitewater Deputy Independent Counsel John D. Bates, the federal judge who dismissed the Plame lawsuit, dismissed the Cheney Energy Task Force lawsuit, upheld the validity of Bush’s signature on an a bill not properly passed in the same form by both houses of Congress, and dismissed the DNC’s lawsuit seeking to force the FEC to rule on John McCain’s attempt to withdraw from his presidential campaign’s public financing commitments.

So, yeah, I’m not really feeling it.

It’s what you do before your summer recess, you know? You put the hot stuff out there so you can brag on it while you’re at home in your district, or doing appearances on progressive talk radio shows.

I mean, you tell me if you think Karl’s sweating it.

This sort of corrupt cronyism is normal in Washington. Everyone plays dirty and then slithers into the shadows of the private sector. There are no consequences in politics as there are no consequences for CEOs. Those who are punished are grunt workers, or illegal immigrants slaving away on factory floors. The Big Dogs never get caught, punished, or in this case forced to testify before a group of their peers.

The saddest part of the Rove situation is that the Congress only wanted him to talk in front of them. That’s it. And they couldn’t even do that.

What a sad group. Think: Do-Nothing Congress on Viacodin.

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  1. Brady said, on May 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    grr that makes me mad. it makes you wonder if the government actually does anything at all without permission. well, not from us anyway.

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