Today, House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI), joined by members Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Artur Davis (D-AL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), wrote to Karl Rove and requested that he testify before the committee about the politicization of the Justice Department, including the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. From a statement by Conyers:
The Justice Department has simply not been forthcoming and I feel the only way to move this investigation forward is to seek further independent investigation and testimony from Karl Rove, who appears to be the missing link in a chain from the White House to the Justice Department.
Previously, Rove has fought congressional efforts to force him to testify. On April 7, however, Rove’s attorney Robert Luskin reportedly promised that his client would testify on the Siegelman case if subpoenaed. MSNBC’s Dan Abrams reported:
We asked this question to his attorney: Will Karl Rove agree to testify if Congress issues a subpoena to him as part of an investigation into the Siegelman case? The answer we got — “Sure.”
The Majority staff of the Judiciary Committee also released a report today on the Justice Department’s “selective prosecution,” citing cases Pennsylvania coroner Cyril Wecht and Wisconsin state procurement official Georgia Thompson for possible review. As AP notes, “A judge recently declared a mistrial in the Wecht case, and a conviction against Thompson was overturned last year.”