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Rove and Miers will testify - but not under oath

 
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Rove and Miers will testify - but not under oath
-- The White House will allow key presidential aide Karl Rove and former counsel Harriet Miers to be interviewed by committees probing the firings of U.S. attorneys, but they will not testify under oath, Rep. Chris Cannon says.

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03/20/2007 03:21 PM
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why is that, national bs sercurity?
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Source: [link to rawstory.com]

Full Fielding Letter: [link to rawstory.com]

To ward off subpoenas, White House offers Rove, Miers testimony behind closed doors
03/20/2007 @ 11:55 am
Filed by Ron Brynaert


House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sanchez called a meeting this morning to authorize subpoenas for five current and former White House and Justice Department officials, RAW STORY has learned. Later in the day, the White House offered to allow two officials to give limited testimony "behind closed doors."

According to a press release, "The Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (CAL) will meet TOMORROW, March 21st at 10:15 am in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building to consider subpoenas for Kyle Sampson, Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, William Kelley, and Scott Jennings, as well as White House and Justice Department documents, which have not been provided to date."

Late afternoon, White House counsel Fred Fielding offered to allow Rove and Miers to give unsworn testimony behind closed doors, according to a report on MSNBC, and later confirmed on CNN. The pair would not be testifying under oath, and the White House also doesn't want transcripts made of the testimony.

Not very happy with the offer, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called it a "very clever proposal," and said that it will be considered by the Congressional committee leaders. Democrats have been calling for on-the-record testimony by Rove, Miers and others, and the Senate may issue its own subpoenas.

"We'll proceed with subpoenas on Thursday," Schumer told MSNBC.

According to a CNN correspondent, a number of Democrats were unsatisfied with the White House proposal, but at least one Republican lawmaker thought that it would suffice.

Later, on Fox News Channel, anchor Shepard Smith reported that Conyers was planning to continue to pursue the subpoenas, despite the offer.

Fielding letter
In a letter addressed to Leahy, Conyers, Specter, Smith and Sanchez, Fielding writes that the White House wishes "to reach a reasonable accomodation so as to provide your Committees the information they are seeking in a way that will allow this President, and future Presidents, to continue to discharge their constitutional responsibilities effectively."

"In response to the invitations for interviews extended by the Committees, I am prepared to agree to make available for interviews the President's former Counsel [Miers]; current Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor [Rove]; Deputy Counsel; and a Special Assistant in the Office of Political Affairs," Fielding writes. "We are prepared to agree to the following terms, which, considering applicable constitutional principles relating to the Presidency and your Committees' interests, we believe are fair, reasonable, and respectful."

The letter continues, "We believe that such interviews should be a last resort, and should be conducted, if needed, only after Congress has heard from Department of Justice officials about the decision to request the resignations of the U.S. Attorneys."

"Such interviews may cover, and would be limited to, the subject of (a) communications between the White House and persons outside the White House concerning the request for resignations of the U.S. Attorneys in question; and (b) communications between the White House and Members of Congress concerning those requests," Fielding writes. "Those interviews should be conducted by both Committees jointly. Questioning of White House officials would be conducted by a Member or limited number of Members, who would be accompanied by committee staff."

However, Fielding writes, "Such interviews would be private and conducted without the need for an oath, transcript, subsequent testimony, or the subsequent issuance of subpoenas," and "a representative of the Office of the Counsel to the President would attend those interviews and personal counsel to the invited officials may be present at their election."
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Rove and Miers not having to testify under oath? WTF! Congress might as well not waste their fucking time. Dems need to grow a backbone and demand that they testify under oath. Dems make me sick. Absolutely no fucking backbone. Schumer is a schmuck to the highest degree.
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Re: Rove and Miers will testify - but not under oath
reminds me of Bush and Cheney refusing to tesify under oath about 911!
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It is not Testimony if it is not under Oath. Hell, even if I make an off hand remark to a cop, he can use it against me. The same standard should be held for comments to Congressional Committees.
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Why the hell would it make one tiny bit of difference wether they testify under oath or not?

They're going to lie regardless.

Are they going to cross their fingers behind their backs too?

Our government is run by children. Not good ones.
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Re: Rove and Miers will testify - but not under oath
reminds me of Bush and Cheney refusing to tesify under oath about 911!
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Good point.

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