Rove Subpoenaed in Continuing House Probe
Former Bush presidential adviser Karl Rove was "invited" in mid-April to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Yesterday, he was served with a subpoena, The Post's Carrie Johnson reports.
The judiciary committee's subpoena of Rove is the latest in a long series of inquiries into whether Rove and others were involved in political meddling that led to the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and the fraud prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.
Earlier this month, the home and office of Scott J. Bloch, chief of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, were raided by FBI agents in connection with a probe of his activities.
The raid came after Bloch ordered the case file on Siegelman closed in October, saying that he had not authorized it.
A 13-page memo from Bloch's office, obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO, a nonprofit watchdog group, shows how the controversial Bush appointee was frequently at odds with his staff over which cases should be pursued.
The federal office is charged with protecting federal whistle-blowers and policing partisan politicking in the federal workplace.
The memo details the status of a number of probes from Bloch's office, including inquiries into Rove's travel and political activities before the 2006 election and the firings of the nine U.S. attorneys by the Justice Department.
Siegelman, who was sentenced to 88 months in prison after the fraud conviction, was released in March after a federal appeals court ruled he should be free during his appeal.
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