The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to cite former White House adviser Karl Rove with contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about his involvement in the prosecution of an Alabama Democrat and the firing of several U.S. attorneys.
Rep. Chris Cannon, a Utah Republican on the committee, voted with his fellow party members against passing a resolution calling for Rove to be held in contempt. Cannon dismissed the effort as "theater."
Cannon accused Democrats of trying to set up Rove for a potential jail sentence even though President Bush extended executive privilege to his former deputy chief of staff excluding him from testifying before the panel. "So what's the point of holding Mr. Rove in contempt? There is none," Cannon said at the hearing. "It's all an attempt to selectively throw Karl Rove into a criminal-contempt docket."
Rove, who graduated from Olympus High and attended the University of Utah, was a top political adviser to Bush. Democrats insist he has not cleared up questions of political intervention in the firing of several U.S. attorneys and his involvement in the prosection of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.
This is the same Chris Cannon who lead the House fight in the impeachment of Bill Clinton 10 years ago.....