After months of ignoring congressional subpoenas to testify, Karl Rove and Harriet Miers have apparently agreed to discuss the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys with the House Judiciary Committee, the Committee announced this evening. Rove and Miers will submit transcribed depositions under penalty of perjury, and the Committee has reserved the right to have public testimony from the two former Bush aides. The agreement also states that invocations of official privileges must be significantly limited. Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) made the following statement:
I have long said that I would see this matter through to the end and am encouraged that we have finally broken through the Bush Administration’s claims of absolute immunity. This is a victory for the separation of powers and congressional oversight. It is also a vindication of the search for truth. I am determined to have it known whether U.S. Attorneys in the Department of Justice were fired for political reasons, and if so, by whom.
In January, Rove told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he had no intention of appearing before Congress for his February subpoena date. “Now Mr. Rove, if you need a place to hide out, we have it here at ‘The Factor,’” O’Reilly offered. “We have all kinds of tunnels and places we can put you.”