Alabama GOP operative Dana Jill Simpson recently charged that Karl Rove and his allies pushed the Justice Department into prosecuting former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D) prior to a major election. In a hearing today, former federal prosecutor Doug Jones added further weight to Simpson’s claims, saying the investigation was “renewed” after prosecutors met with “Washington officials” in late 2004. The Gavel has more from the hearing. Read more about the Siegelman case HERE.