"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

US House Judiciary Committee WILL consider Contempt Charges against Rove TOMORROW_ WEDNESDAY


The committee alone does not have arrest powers; however, the entire House can vote to have someone arrested for contempt of Congress.


By Direction of the Chairman 07/30/2008 Full Committee

10:15 A.M. in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building To consider:

A resolution and report finding Karl Rove in contempt for failure to appear pursuant to subpoena and recommending to the House of Representatives that Mr. Rove be cited for contempt of Congress.

Tomorrow at 10:15a.m. the Judiciary Committee will vote whether to hold Karl Rove in contempt, possibly leading to his arrest. LINK to the direct lines (not the HJC switchboard) of HJC members' voicemails, calls all night tonight! 202-225-3951


The message should be to demand Judiciary vote to hold Rove in INHERENT contempt, which then would go to the full house floor for a vote and result in an order to the sergeant-at-arms to arrest.

Ordinary "contempt" will only be referred to the Justice dept. and ignored.

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Jul 29, 2008 ... As hard as it may be to believe, the House Judiciary Committee is .... To consider: A resolution and report finding Karl Rove in contempt ...

Petition calls for Rove to be held in contempt (OneNewsNow.com)

Jul 29, 2008 ... The full committee is scheduled to take up the contempt charges ... Rove held in contempt for defying a Judiciary Committee subpoena calling ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bush administration critics hand-delivered a petition to a Democratic lawmaker Tuesday containing more than 127,000 signatures calling for former White House adviser Karl Rove to be held in contempt of Congress and jailed.

A coalition of advocacy groups dropped off three boxes of signed petitions at the office of Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., who heads a House Judiciary subcommittee that took up the matter this month. The full committee is scheduled to take up the contempt charges Wednesday.

The coalition includes advocacy groups such as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as well as liberal organizations such as Brave New Films, Campaign for America's Future and The Nation magazine.

They want Rove held in contempt for defying a Judiciary Committee subpoena calling on him to testify about whether he inappropriately influenced Justice Department hiring or played a role in prosecutors' decisions to pursue cases against Democrats, such as former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Rove has denied any involvement in Justice Department activities and submitted a written statement to the committee. The White House has cited executive privilege in arguing that he and others who serve or served in the administration should not testify, maintaining that internal administration communications are confidential and that Congress cannot compel officials to testify.

Sanchez told the petitioners she is confident the Judiciary Committee will vote to recommend that Rove be cited for contempt by the full House. Republicans call the contempt proceedings a political stunt.

Panel to Vote on Rove Contempt Resolution

By Seth Stern, CQ Staff

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a resolution to hold Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for failing to appear to testify as directed by a subpoena.

Rove’s attorney cited executive privilege when the former top White House adviser declined to appear at a July 10 Judiciary Committee hearing.

Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr. , D‑Mich., issued the subpoena on May 22 in a bid to force Rove to testify about allegations that the Justice Department has engaged in politically motivated prosecutions of Democratic officials, including former Alabama Gov. Donald Siegelman.

Rove denied any involvement in the matter in a July 22 letter to Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the panel. Rove has offered to submit to an off-the-record, untranscribed interview or answer written questions about the Siegelman case, but not about the broader issue of the politicization of the Justice Department. Conyers has rejected that offer.

The practical effect of a contempt resolution, however, is likely to be limited.

In February, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey refused to refer a contempt of Congress citation against President Bush’s chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten , and Harriet Miers, a former White House counsel, to a federal grand jury, as required by law. The House had voted to cite Bolten and Miers for contempt after they refused to comply, on executive privilege grounds, with Judiciary subpoenas related to the firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.

A lawsuit filed by members of the House to force compliance with subpoenas seeking testimony and documents from Miers and documents from Bolten is now pending in federal court.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the resolution at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in 2141 Rayburn.

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