Rove ignores subpoena, refuses to testify

Utah's Cannon defends Rove's absence

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  • asdf
    July 14, 2008 2:27 p.m.

    Some of you people are so brainwashed it's unbelievable.


    1) 9/11 was done by the government.
    2) Attacking Iran will provoke world war.
    3) Karl Rove is a CRIMINAL
    4) The Democrats are CRIMINAL
    5) The Republicans are CRIMINAL

  • jamez
    July 11, 2008 1:21 p.m.

    Most people think that with a democrat takeover in 2008 the country will be better overnight. The people in the United States are the only ones that could make this better. If the democrats did not want war we would not be there. If democrats wanted to end it it would be over now. Basicly we have two partys that do not care about the country or its people. They both lie, cheat, and steal. Dont know who the worst liers are though. Republicans lies try to scare you, while democrats lies make you think they realy care.

  • George Orwell
    July 11, 2008 9:44 a.m.

    "All Animals are Equal, But SOME Animals are More Equal than Others". And so, apparently, is Karl Rove.

  • marc
    July 10, 2008 10:33 p.m.

    Karl, you are not God, nor do I think you know the Almighty well at all. You testify because it is the law here in the us of a. If you have nothing to hide, you gladly testify.

    Don't hide behind the skirts of the president.

    Wait, though, please do. You are guaranteeing a change of political parties in the white house in November and January. Bless you my child. God bless you!!!!

  • The moral of this story is;
    July 10, 2008 8:47 p.m.

    This sums it up folks, beit your RED, BLUE or GREEN, makes no difference at all - "People are always confusing choice with freedom of choice. Agency with Free Agency. We were not given free agnecy but agency to make choices. But we are not free to determine the the results or consequences of the those choices." So be it.

  • Hypocrites Ad Nauseam
    July 10, 2008 8:00 p.m.

    There are not enough pejorative adjectives in the English language to describe the hypocrisy of the posters who point out all the evils of the Bush Administration and completely ignore the Democrat evil doers who exist and have existed ad nauseam. I'll name a few more notorious ones who have escaped with a slap on the wrist or have not been brought to justice at all: Sandy Berger, William Jefferson Clinton, Chris Dodd (the self-righteous one who just didn't know he was receiving favorable treatment), Jefferson of Louisiana (you know, the one who hid his graft money in the deep freeze), Ted Kennedy of "C" fame, former Governor Spitzer of New York and even his successor, etc. etc. Come on, Dems, the skeletons in your closet are legion. And now, we have an obstructionist Democrat Congress that has tried so hard to unite the country but those darned old Republicans just won't roll over and play dead, although some of them appear to be at room temperature.

  • there
    July 10, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    There is this simple rule: do not wrong, tell the truth. if you have done wrong, lie or don't show up.

    Raise your hand, swear to tell the truth, tell it, and walk away and sleep well.

    IF and it is a big IF you have lied, then well gosh don't go!!!

  • RLP
    July 10, 2008 3:29 p.m.

    Karl is a brillant man who help GWB elected a second term in the White House. The democrats are still foaming at the mouth. The democratic congress is clutching at every straw to bring Bush down via Rove. They still have a vengance because Bill Clinton was impeached. They should be doing the work of the nation's business and solving the serious problems that face us. It's no wonder their apporval rating is 9%. Don't they get the message???

  • Rien
    July 10, 2008 3:22 p.m.

    Does anyone else see the irony in Congress holding an investigation into whether the Justice Dept. held investigations for political reasons? Especially since Rove offers to answer their questions in a different format (without TV cameras, etc.)?

    Whatever Rove did, it's done and over. It's amazing so many are completely overlooking the blatant hypocrisy of those supposedly still on the job . Can we end the gotcha game and please get something done?

  • Reverend Mik
    July 10, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    Wake Up, Congress has always had the right to investigate the administration and to prosecute members of the government. The reason you may be confused about this is that there wasn't enough room in the GOP Constitution Coloring Book to include that.

    I'm amazed that Republicans and other conservatives can scream bloody murder about "truth" and "justice" when somebody else might be doing wrong, but will bury their heads in the sand when one of their own is found out.

    But wait, we have GOP revisionist history! Reagan revolutionized economics by giving tax breaks to the wealthy, Helms was a civil rights advocate by saying that black shouldn't vote. In a few years, Limbaugh will have revolutionized health care by abusing pain medication, Coulter will have redefined the family by refusing benefits to war widows. If you can't have real heroes, manufacture some. After all, you wouldn't want to fund decent health care for the real heroes, the veterans you've sacrificed on an oil derrick in the Middle East.

    So, which whited sepulcher will Rove occupy when all is said and done?

  • Give me a break
    July 10, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    These people who are saying that Karl Rove is evil - come on. Why are you looking the other way when the democrats are playing pure politics?? How is Rush Limbaugh responsible for spewing hatred, but not people like Bill Maher or Keith Olbermann?

    Utahns love to point the finger and can't look at two sides of an issue. In this state, there has to be a black and white.

    Rove is a brilliant political strategist. Why is he being grilled by people on this board? People are just made when they're played like a puppet - but I don't hear many calling David Axelrod (Obama's strategist) evil, even though he is playing the public like a toy.

    My point is: there are two sides to every argument, and if you hate the political strategists, you have to blame the public that fell into their strategy . . .

  • Not all Witch Hunts bad
    July 10, 2008 2:59 p.m.

    It is a witch hunt- Karl is an evil witch who has participated in swindling the American people and the deaths of 10's of thousands world-wide. (You can see the comments of some of those less intelligent Americans who have yet to realize this.) Rove deserves to be brought to trial before a jury of his peers and held accountable for what he has done- which is far worse than adultery. Comparing him to Clinton is just stupid- wake up willie and the Rock!

  • jmf
    July 10, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    the pure hate engendered by liberals is truely frightening. I fear for the future if all those "ignorant" americans elect another republican. You think al queda is dangerous? Just wait.

  • Anonymous
    July 10, 2008 2:58 p.m.

    Bla, bla and more bla, like you who write all these responses have any significance. Get use to it, you are no longer significant, and your vote don't actually count. The government runs the country and the government runs you. It all got changed back when F.D. Roosevelt was elected president, and ever since then your rights have slowly vanished until you no longer actually have much of a voice in anything. Now just be good little subjects and do what the government directs you to do.

  • common sense
    July 10, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    Karl is a great American and public servant and the "left winger's" are still sore that Bush won and will never get over it. Get a grip you wimps. As long as the Democratic congress keeps fixating on the past they will not take of the present as evidenced by this aweful do nothing democratic congress.

  • Ready for Change
    July 10, 2008 2:52 p.m.

    I just had to react to GAW's comment....What are you smoking? Fist, we have a whole slew of "draft dodgers" in the White house now. George W went AWOL from the National Guard (a group he sent into combat), Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and others avoided service, in a conflict they fully supported, through deferments. What hypocrisy! Clinton avoided the draft through school deferments but he did not support the war. Bush and company ignored the threats before 9/11, have made al qaeda stronger, the US weaker and destroyed our economy and our military. Maybe if Bush or Cheney had served, they would not have been so quick to send men and women to their deaths based on lies and fraud. I'll take a lefty any day.

  • Jim
    July 10, 2008 2:50 p.m.

    It's an extremely serious allegation. If Rove was innocent, he'd show up. Are these absurd criminals EVER going to be held accountable for ANYTHING?

  • Wake up call
    July 10, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    Where in the Constitution is Congress given anything other than legislative authority? Refresh my memory, but aren't there 3 branches of our government: Judicial, Legislative, and Executive? And isn't Congress the Legislative branch, not the JUDICIAL?

  • thinning the herd
    July 10, 2008 2:13 p.m.

    Karl Rove is the epitome of corruption within the confines of that awful group that calls itself Conservative.
    He and his nasty conservative ilk are what makes normal America yearn for the days when America meant looking out for each other and taking care of each other.
    Start rounding 'em all up and thin the herd that way.

  • Delusions
    July 10, 2008 1:50 p.m.

    KW is delusional. Clinton fired some lawyers in the Justice Department when he entered the White House. He never had a mass firing during his presidency equal to the Bush White House.

    Goats doesn't understand the premise that you must investigate to see if crimes were committed.

    If it is a witch hunt that facts will prove it. Conservatives are in a damage control mode. There ship is sinking and they believe by rearranging the deck chairs no one will notice the ship is listing.

  • Out E'm
    July 10, 2008 1:44 p.m.

    This political liar should be held in comtempt of the law just like they are wrote. I'm totally disgusted with everyone in this present administrtion. We have been lied to, stolen from, and decieved long enough. Out with EVERY incumbent in Washington is the only thing to do. Forget this stupid seniority crap, and start removing all of them. If replacements don't live up to their citizens requests out them in 4 years until they all get the message. These thieves need to get what they deserve. As for Rove, I just wish he had no Utah ties--What an embarrasment. Black ball him and let him hide in the closet. People like him are sickening. History will tell all about this man and his buddies. There is only ONE man I detest more than Rove and that is our next door neighbor Cheney. i don,t even want to start about this lying jerk, the orchestrator of all of this deciet.

  • /Dem Obstructionism
    July 10, 2008 1:39 p.m.

    All the Republicans have to do for this to be a "united" country is to acquiesce (cave in) to every Democrat whim. The Dems hate Karl Rove because he has defied and thwarted the deceitful Democrat mantra--Let's just get along. With Dems, it's their way or the highway. I've been disgusted with Republicans that they have more times than not just rolled over and permitted it. Stand your ground, Karl, the Dems are on another witch hunt. Their talking points regarding your defying the subpoena have already been delivered to Dem minions and they are in full battle cry and pursuit. History will vindicate the Bush administraton and prove the 9%-approved Democrat Congress the obstructionits to any progress that might have been made to "unite" the nation. Go, Karl! Stand your ground. The hounds are at your heels.

  • re: the rock
    July 10, 2008 1:38 p.m.

    is it possible that you live under a rock??

    Wow - it's hard to imagine someone being so misguided but I think you take the prize.

    I guess you can overlook your own party's piece of what you call "immoral swampland" - who needs the bill of rights anyway and torture isn't a big deal at all.

    The republicans went after Clinton for having an affair - kind of ironic that some of those republicans were having affairs as well at the same time.

    Please try and do something about your ignorance - I think you even give your party a bad name.

  • re: KW
    July 10, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    I never takes very long for neocons to get around to something about Bill Clinton on each subject - does it?

  • Goats
    July 10, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    Amazing how you libs check your thinking caps at the door and take what you read in the paper as gospel. Why do you not question the motives of this committee in the first place? You think they're pure as the driven snow, that's why, and that Rove MUST be guilty.

    If I were in Rove's shoes and smelled a witch hunt--which he obviously does--I would be looking for any legal angles to avoid playing into their hands, which is exactly what he's doing.

    Truth is, I don't know all the facts, and neither do you. I thought we believed in innocent until proven guilty in this country? You all act so much like judge and jury, even BEFORE any trial or questioning has even taken place, let alone any sort of indictment or conviction.

    And then you turn around and call conservatives the hate-mongers? Please look in the mirror.

    And those of you who condemn Limbaugh and the rest of conservative radio, you would do well to actually LISTEN to it and thinking critically and intelligently about what is said, instead of buying hook, line, and sinker what's fed to you by the media and other liberal apologists.

  • KW
    July 10, 2008 1:15 p.m.

    Right, don't people know only democrats have the right to fire lawyers? That fact was repeated ad naseum when Clinton fired all of them because a few were investigating crimes he might have been involved with.

  • The Rock
    July 10, 2008 1:10 p.m.

    As soon as anyone gets elected they forget that they represent the voter and immediately begin representing their own political party or the special interests that financed their rise to power.

    Power! This is the reason for all the investigations. Dems attempt to smear Repubs. Repubs don't dare return the favor as the press will report it as a "Republican Witch Hunt"; hence, Sandy Burger gets off with a slap on the wrist. When Dems do it, the press never calls it what it is; a witch hunt.

    Democrats have staked out "immoral swampland" (baby killing, gay rights, promote porn under the guise of the 1st amendment, steeling from Republicans and buying votes with the money from the poor) and some how turns it into the moral high ground.

    They must call good evil because the Democrats are evil.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder
    July 10, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    God Bless our great nation, and our fine honest Republican's that's doing such a fine job in Washington, D. C. for us all. BIG DEAL, Karl Rove, defying a subpoena, failed to appear before a U.S. House panel investigating whether the Justice Department prosecuted people for political reasons, he needs to TELL Linda Sanchez, a California Democrat, that "denial is "NOT" some river in Egypt", and Rove has executive privilege and don't have to answer to any liberal, no matter what Republican Representative Chris Cannon of Utah said and called today's hearing a partisan stunt.

    If this would of been Obamaism or even Bill Clinton, you would of heard that "denial is "NOT" some river in Egypt" and they did nothing wrong.

  • Rove is a product of Utah
    July 10, 2008 12:31 p.m.

    Notice how the conservative propaganda machine. devoid of any oblication to fairness, has used the public's air waves to promote the idea the conservative have no accountability, that asking question by elected representatives about abuse of power is a witch hunt and not to read only access any other sources but Rush and Fox because all others are evil?

    Once, books were burned. Today, you can achieve the same goal by telling your flock the books are writen by evil conservatives who hate Bush.

    Should we love and embrace a president who has shown his complete contempt for a nation many of us served in the military to protect?

  • Troy
    July 10, 2008 12:23 p.m.

    Re: GAW

    HAHAHAHA!!! You're joking right? This country is so screwed up it doesn't matter who you put in office. Red or Blue, they are all crooks.

    No one in Washington cares about the people. They only care about themselves and getting re-elected.

  • lost in DC
    July 10, 2008 12:21 p.m.

    I wonder if all those calling for Rove's head for not appearing are the same people who ten years ago said Slick Willey should not have to testify before congress? What goes around comes around, folks.

    I also find it interesting that Linda Sanchez would head the commercial and administrative law subcommittee, when she has defaulted on 3 or 4 mortgages as she has hopped from place to place in her CA political carreer. Apparently the law or contracts she enters into personally are of no consequence to her.

    Her finding that Rove's executive privilege

  • Anonymous
    July 10, 2008 12:17 p.m.

    Thanks Willie 11:15 -
    I needed the laugh.

  • The DC Circus
    July 10, 2008 12:12 p.m.

    My beef with Karl Rove was that he was the architect of Big Tent GOP pandering. He and GWB acted like they were still campaigning in Texas. They bought the Latino vote with the promise of amnesty and a new guest worker program.
    And Bush stopped enforcing immigration laws figuring someday it would all be moot anyway.
    Then there is government spending, another effort to buy votes rather than lead the country.
    As for DOJ hirings and firings, it is and always was the prerogative of the party in power.
    The same situation exists in Utah State Government but I don't hear anyone outraged about that.
    The only thing Rove or Gonzalez needed to say was, "These appointees serve at the will and pleasure of the White House." But it's too late for that now. The libs have picked up the scent of blood.

  • sob
    July 10, 2008 11:56 a.m.

    if i remember right,
    9/11 happened on the bush watch
    after being warned in a daily presidential brief
    that august that it was about to happen
    hmmmm

  • Tom Paine
    July 10, 2008 11:59 a.m.

    Karl Rove is the typical Republican, like Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Tom DeLay. Opportunists who look for any advantage to benefit financially or politically while never actually serving the country that they claim to love so much. These men would succeed in any type of government, especially repressive dictatorships, and could care less about the United States or what it supposedly stands for.

  • Rich
    July 10, 2008 11:47 a.m.

    Rove will get what is coming to him.
    We the people need to take this country back.
    Rove, Limbaugh (and his intolerant rants that fuel hate in this country) and of Cheney/Bush need to realize that we are not going to sit back and watch out country get destroyed.

    This country is great, and we deserve better then these heartless suites running it into the ground.

  • fr1nk
    July 10, 2008 11:43 a.m.

    He is in contempt of congress and should be thrown in jail.

  • GAW
    July 10, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    Rove made the right decision. The Dems continue to shown no leadership and all they do is "hunt for witches, spooks and goblins." Heaven help us if we as a nation ever put another Dem. in the White House! You think 9-11 was bad, I truly fear for us all if another draft-dodger, or liberal leftie is given leadership. Cut and run folks, meerly bring the spooks and goblins to the frront door.

  • Willie
    July 10, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    Mr. Rove is a true American patriot. Thank you for standing up for America, Mr. Rove.

  • Murray Dad
    July 10, 2008 11:03 a.m.

    How does he look at the man in the mirror every morning? I pray for you, Mr. Rove, but my heart has hardened to the debt you've put upon the next generations of Americans.

  • hope he gets what he deserves
    July 10, 2008 10:52 a.m.

    May God have mercy on my soul, but I would love to see Karl Rove get what he deserves.
    This man, brilliant as he no doubt is, was the architect of the mess of an administration we have in power today.
    He (along with ilk like Limbaugh and Coulter) is responsible for total division of this country at a time when we should be united. His demonization of the word Liberal is legendary and parroted many times during the course of the day on every topic of this format.

  • Relevant
    July 10, 2008 10:54 a.m.

    It's too bad we can't do to Karl what we did to Chris.

    Long live the Grand Oil Party!

  • NorthboundZax
    July 10, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    "Republican Representative Chris Cannon of Utah called today's hearing 'a partisan stunt'"

    Ironic position to take. Both Chris Cannon and Karl Rove's careers can be summed up as partisan stunts.

  • Anonymous
    July 10, 2008 10:37 a.m.

    Right, Chris Canon if this was a member of the Democratic Party there would be fire on your heels after the guy. Face it, Karl Rove is a bad dude who would lie, cheat or steal to promote his party. The truth will out in coming years about just how evil this administration has been. Of course, we are getting rid of Canon only to get someone like Jason.

  • Wuh?!?
    July 10, 2008 10:30 a.m.

    Just another example of the Bush Co's contempt of law and, of course, the Democrats are absolutely spineless and will continue to roll over and do absolutely nothing.
    It's like a race between Bush/Congress and al qaeda to see who can destroy America faster and I think Bush/Congress are winning by a landslide.