The conservative establishment is circling the wagons around Karl Rove. From a press conference today with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH):
QUESTION: Should the White House allow Karl Rove (inaudible) to testify?
BOEHNER: No, I think you’re violating a precedent there that should not be violated. U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president. The question here is what did happen and why were these seven asked to step down? Now, let’s get the facts and then we can make a judgment.
QUESTION: Does it prove (inaudible)
BOEHNER: They may, but I believe that under the separation of powers, there are limits to the extent to which Congress can subpoena or demand testimony from those who were closest to the president.
Earlier, Senate Judiciary Committee conservatives delayed a vote to subpoena Rove and Miers until next week.