Karl Rove and Harriet Mier Agree To Testify Before Congress

March 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A deal has been struck so that former The GOP mastermind Karl Rove and Harriet Mier, a former White House counsel, will finally testify, under oath, before the House Judiciary Committee, according to chairman John Conyers’ office.

The two will testify in transcribed depositions under the penalty of perjury on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys that led to accusations that the Bush Justice Department was politicized, before the House Judiciary Committee.  Many of the attorneys’ firings were criticized as political, and the controversy led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The agreement reached Wednesday appears to have ended a lengthy standoff between top Bush advisers and Congressional leaders over whether former White House aides could be forced to testify about matters on which they advised the president.

Bush had ordered the aides not to testify on the matter.

Rob Saliterman, spokesman of Bush’s office, released the following statement:

“At the urging of the Obama Administration, and in consideration of the Executive Branch interests at stake, we have reached an accommodation with the House Judiciary Committee that satisfies the Committee’s desire for additional information and will finally put this matter to rest.”


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