I found this article today.
I think it is interesting. I am very un inpressed so far with the Obama administration. First they keep rendition on the book by executive order,
which is totally unacceptable IMHO. And now this:
"Obama, not Bush, now seeking delay of Rove deposition
Published: Tuesday February 17, 2009
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Former Bush Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove has a new president urging Congress not to force him to testify next week.
President Barack Obama.
In a court brief quietly filed Monday, Michael Hertz, Obama's acting assistant attorney general, said it was necessary to delay an effort to force
Rove to be deposed in a congressional investigation into the firing of nine US Attorneys and the alleged political prosecution of a former Alabama
Hertz said an effort was underway to find a "compromise" for Rove, and requested two weeks to broker a deal before proceeding in court.
"The inauguration of a new president has altered the dynamics of this case and created new opportunities for compromise rather than litigation,"
Hertz wrote in the brief released late Monday by McClatchy's Washington, D.C. bureau. "At the same time, there is now an additional interested party
— the former president — whose views should be considered."
The House Judiciary Committee sued the Bush Administration to force Rove to testify last year, saying that Rove shouldn't be covered by executive
privilege. They won. But their case has been held up by an appeal, and Hertz's filing was the Obama administration's first legal weighing-in on the
matter. Obama's Justice Department has supplanted the role of Bush's Justice Department in the case, and their position will likely inform the terms
under which Rove is questioned by Congress.
Hertz's statement mirrors a statement from Obama White House Counsel Gregory Craig published Saturday.
"The president is very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened," Craig told The Washington Post. "But he is also mindful as
president of the United States not to do anything that would undermine or weaken the institution of the presidency. So, for that reason, he is urging
both sides of this to settle."
Both Hertz's and Craig's statement point to an underlying challenge Obama faces with regard to Rove. Since former President Bush still claims that
Rove is protected from testifying to Congress by executive privilege, even after departing office, Obama must decide whether he wants to risk diluting
his own executive privilege in the future.
These statements, however, stand in contrast to Obama's previous rhetoric.
In 2007, while in the Senate, Obama rebuked Bush's White House as "the most secretive in modern history," which aimed "to hide its abuse of our
Responding to a Bush claim of executive privilege, he said, "By continuing to act as the most secretive White House in modern history, the Bush
Administration has once again placed itself above the law in order to hide its abuse of our justice system from the American people. On the first day
of an Obama Administration, we will launch the most sweeping ethics reform in history to shed sunlight on the decisions made by government and put the
interests of the American people at the center of every decision that's made."
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), who subpoenaed Rove as recently as last week and demanded that he come before Congress Feb. 23,
refused a request from Rove's attorney seeking a delay. Rove didn't show up on two previous occasions he was subpoenaed, once in 2008 and again in
January. He didn't honor a 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena either.
The White House indicated in their latest filing that negotiations are ongoing between representatives of the Bush White House and the Obama team.
Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, told Raw Story last week that no agreement had been reached.
A special prosecutor continues to probe what role White House officials may have had in the firings of the US Attorneys -- which Democrats say were
Rove also has been called to testify about his knowledge of an alleged political prosecution in Alabama, where a Democratic governor was jailed on
corruption charges that may have been politically motivated. A whistleblower fingered Rove as pushing for the prosecution behind the scenes, which
Rove vehemently and categorically denies. "
Seems to me he is not only protecting Bush and Co but this is to save his own skin for later. But he should not need to protect himself.
Change we can believe indeed.
That is rather disappointing that Obama is now hindering prosecution of former bush cronies, though it isn't too surprising. Right after he was
elected it became pretty clear that he wasn't going to go after the wrong doings of the previous admin. but to hinder other's efforts seems kind of
F*cked up. If Obama wants to hold/gain political capital by not going after all the former GOPers who helped bush fuck over the law then thats his
perogitive, but to hinder/stop other people from getting some justice is almost incomprehensible! Good post Kevin