Contempt Vote in Panel for Bush Aides
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to hold a present and a former aide to President Bush in contempt of Congress, but it is by no means clear that they will be dragged before the lawmakers anytime soon.
By 12 to 7, the committee voted citations against Joshua B. Bolten, the White House chief of staff, and Karl Rove, the president’s former chief political adviser, for refusing to comply with subpoenas in a Congressional inquiry into the firings of nine federal prosecutors.
The committee vote sends the issue to the full Senate, which Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, said would take up the issue next month.
If Bolten and Rove are truly contemptuous of Congress, they’ll have to get in line behind the rest of the country.
With an approval rating hovering (like a run-over pigeon hovers) somewhere around 18%, the nation’s remaining 78% define the term–“lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike.”
I never expected to be a supporter of Karl Rove, but it’s hard to fault his judgment here.