Transcripts of their testimony — including many instances in which the two aides said they could not remember important details of the debate over the United States attorneys — were among the materials released Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
A lawyer for Mr. Rove could not be reached for comment immediately after the release of the documents.
The e-mail messages, in particular, raise questions about the Bush White House’s assertion that it played only a limited role in the firings. A federal prosecutor is continuing to investigation accusations that officials may have acted criminally in the firings or in their testimony to Congress about the incident, which led to the resignation of former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and many of his top aides at the Justice Department.
The Justice Department has been sitting on top of some pretty explosive documents for quite a while. Today, those documents were released, and they show that Karl Rove had an active role in the firing of US Attorneys. In the case of David Iglesias, it was for not selectively prosecuting Democrats in New Mexico.
Now there will be some who post that the attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. However, that does not entitle the President or his staff to break the law. Selective prosecutions of one party DO violate the law, and it looks pretty clear that Iglesias refused to break the law by doing selective prosecutions, based on political affiliation. That lawbreaking translates right up the line to those who were attempting to get Iglesias to do the selective prosecutions - Namely, Karl Rove. But who didn't already know that?
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