Is Karl Rove Above the Law?

Karl Rove skipped out on a subpoena.  Will he be held accountable for breaking the law?  From a Brave New Films advisory (emphasis mine):

LOS ANGELES – A coalition of organizations has launched a new campaign urging the House Judiciary Committee to hold Karl Rove in contempt and send him to jail.  In a clear violation of the law, Rove has refused to comply with a Congressional subpoena calling on him to testify under oath about his involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  Brave New Films, The Nation magazine, Campaign for America’s Future, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Progress Now Action and CREDO Mobile will host a press conference in Washington DC next Tuesday, prior to delivering a petition to the House Judiciary Committee urging committee members to “let Rove know he can’t decide which subpoenas he obeys and which he ignores.”

The online petition, created by Brave New Films and housed at, has amassed almost 100,000 names in less than six days.  The website also includes a short YouTube video outlining Rove’s involvement in the Siegelman case and making the case for holding Rove accountable.

“Karl Rove is not above the law,” said Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films.  “Rove’s refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena makes a mockery of the justice system.  Even former high government officials like Rove are accountable to the law. Rove needs learn that we live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.”

“Karl Rove has built a career out of bending the law, but now he seems to feel entitled simply to break it,” says Michael Kieschnick, President of CREDO Mobile.  “We expect the House Judiciary Committee to agree that Karl Rove is in contempt and should be sent to jail if he persists in his flagrant disregard for the laws of this country.”

This isn’t civil disobedience.  This isn’t an unjust law.  Rove is acting above the law to cover up deeper crimes committed by the Bush administration.

Karl Rove should go to jail.


6 Responses

  1. bush co and the other liars have been above the law.

  2. I don’t know much about the Siegelman case, but I DO know that everything around Rove stinks. It seems everything he touches is an attempt to back stab people.

    At the very least, he should be compelled to testify, or face contempt charges.

  3. Bush should be impeached and Rove and Cheney should be jailed… for life.

  4. I had to reread this story several times before fully comprehending it… not because it’s complicated or surprising, but rather because it was so familiar that I had trouble differentiating it from all the other scandals of this administration. I felt like I was reading about Plame and Libby all over again.

  5. brian,
    They’ve acted above the law. If we could only find someone willing to uphold the law, perhaps that will end.

    At the very least!

    I agree, accept I think Bush ought to follow Rove and Cheney to jail.
    ….Oh Hell Yes! Wicked Contest!

    See? Silver lining. The administration’s dalliance with the law makes for E-Z reading.

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