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Shocker (not): Rove has no intention of obeying Conyers' subpoena

Dave Neiwert has this up at C&L:

That subpoena from John Conyers seems to be making Karl Rove a little more … clenched these days. Appearing with the ever-friendly Bill O’Reilly last night, he dismissed the possibility he would even consider appearing for the legal summons:

Rove: I have been directed, again on January 16, by the outgoing president’s legal counsel, not to respond to a subpoena, exerting privilege on behalf of the former president and his close aides.

O’Reilly: So you’re not even going to show?

Rove: No, and —

O’Reilly: What if they hold you in contempt of Congress?

Rove: Look, this issue is — let’s step back for a minute. This issue of whether or not I should show up — I’ve never exerted any personal privilege, I’ve never said I have a personal right not to show up.

O’Reilly: No, but you’re a counselor to the president, it’s executive — I got all that. But let’s go beyond the argument. I know your argument. Say Conyers says Mr. Rove is in contempt of Congress. What happens then?

Rove: Well, look, this issue is before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. Rep. Conyers could have waited until they resolved the issue one way or the other, gave guidance to him and gave guidance to the former president and to the current president. But instead, he decided to go forward with this — I don’t know if I want to call it a witch hunt, I don’t think of myself as a witch, but I’m certain — this is a guy who went to the cloak room and said, ‘Somebody has to get his –‘ and then filled in a crude way to describe my posterior. He’s sort of like Captain Ahab and I’m the whale.

BTW, O’Reilly offered Turdblossom a hideout:

O’Reilly offered that Conyers was only out to embarrass Rove, and said that he could hide from a Congressional subpoena at Fox News. “Now, if you need a place to hide out, we have it here at the Factor. We have all kinds of tunnels and places we can put you,” O’Reilly said.

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