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Rove avoids subpoena by fleeing the country.

By Ali Frick  

"Rove avoids subpoena by fleeing the country."

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This morning, Karl Rove refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about the politicization of the Justice Department, despite a subpoena. During the hearing, Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) revealed that Rove had not only skipped out of the hearing, but had skipped out of the entire country. Watch it:

When ThinkProgress contacted Rove’s lawyer, his office confirmed that Rove was out of the country “on trip scheduled long before the subpoena was sent.” Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) said Rove’s attorney “never mentioned” this trip to the committee. Rove’s bogus claims of executive privilege were rejected by the Committee as “not valid” by a 7-1 vote. The committee gave Rove five days to comply with the subpoena.

Update

Sanchez indicated she was unlikely to hold a contempt vote until late this month.


Update

,Marcy Wheeler astutely notes that Bush did not, in fact, invoke executive privilege for Rove.

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