A U.S. congressional panel voted on Wednesday to find former presidential adviser Karl Rove in contempt for defying a subpoena to testify in its probe into suspected political meddling at the Justice Department.
On a party-line vote of 20-14, the Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved a contempt citation against President George W. Bush’s former deputy chief of staff and political adviser and sent it to the full House of Representatives for needed concurrence.
“It is regrettable that it has become necessary to pursue this course, but Mr. Rove has left us no option,” Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, said in noting that the committee has been trying for months to get Rove to appear under oath.
Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the committee’s top Republican, accused Democrats of “conducting witch hunts.” Instead, he said, “We should consider bipartisan legislation to reduce the price of gas, reduce crime and secure the borders.
Oh lord, have mercy — is Smith serious? What on earth were the Republicans doing when they were in power — they were investigating bogus Clinton dealings and blow jobs. Rove is an out and out criminal force.