May 15th, 2009
09:20 AM ET
5 years ago

Prosecutor to question Karl Rove on Friday

Karl Rove, a former aide to President George W. Bush, will be interviewed about the firing of several U.S. attorneys in 2006, a source tells CNN.
Karl Rove, a former aide to President George W. Bush, will be interviewed about the firing of several U.S. attorneys in 2006, a source tells CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Bush administration official Karl Rove is scheduled to be interviewed Friday about why a number of U.S. attorneys were fired in 2006, according to an attorney in private practice familiar with the
case.

Rove will be questioned by Nora Dannehy, a Connecticut prosecutor who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into whether any Bush administration officials broke any laws in connection with the dismissals.

A spokesman for Dannehy would not comment when asked whether a meeting is scheduled with Rove.

Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, would not comment on whether his client will be interviewed Friday. But he told CNN, "Rove has said since Ms. Dannehy was appointed that he would cooperate fully with her investigation."

A Justice Department report last year found the firings of some U.S. attorneys were influenced by political considerations.


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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Proud DHS radical

    I do believe that thos prosecutors serves at the pleasure of the President and can be dismissed which is what Bill Clinton also did when he was in office. Besides this is old news, let's put Nancy Pelosi under investigation for lying to the American people.

    May 15, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Imarriedmy sister in Mississippi

    Theres nothing like the smell of bacon in the morning.Just fry baby, fry.

    May 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Randolph Carter

    Midwest Guy, Kelby in Houston put it best: Bill Clinton fired those attorney's at the beginning of his tem which is customary. Bush fired those attorney's after they failed to prosecute Democratic contenders. Bush politicized the DOJ for partisan gain, Clinton did not.

    Can you wrap your little brain around that? Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. jill

    Maybe they should send to Gitmo, now that it is beginning to empty out, maybe we could throw away the key and forget about him.

    May 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Sniffit

    @ MidwestGuy, who said "Or does that point escape you?"

    Nope. EVERY President fires them at the beginning of his term. Bush fired several himself at the beginning of his term too...but those aren't the ones under scrutiny. It's the REASON he fired several in the MIDDLE of his SECOND term that is attracting scrutiny. I know you GOPers think superficial analyse are since most of you buy into them all the time, but the rest of the public just rolls its eyes at your nonsense. If you weren't so busy reading the talking points memos and your bibles, you might see that we're not swayed.

    May 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Fred NJ

    The President can fire anyone he needs to. Period! Why are we wasting time on this crap?

    May 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ "Willy Brown".......... Correction: The Democrats took a SMALL majority in January of ....... 2007...... when they were sworn in as members of Congress after the....... 2006..... elections.

    FROM January 1995 ( the "Newt" Congress) when the GOP majority was sworn into office, through January of 2007....... the GOP CONTROLLED BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE!

    May 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. walleye

    The evil empire is quickly dying. I believe Cheney is doing all this Obama bashing to divert attention from himself. In the end the truth will prevail and he along with Rove will be someones soulmate in prison. I'm sure that will put a smile on his evil puss.

    May 15, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. kizito

    This man (rove)'s place is in jail along with war criminal Dick Cheney
    Bush is innocent. He has been manipulated by ROVE and DICK

    May 15, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Rob

    You know what? Say Bush was as limp-wristed and wimpy as say, Gore would have been, and he followed the Dem playbook and sat around and did nothing. All you lib idiots would be posting on here about how Bush should be in prison for not protecting Americans.

    You all are truly pathetic. The sooner we can get the Dems out of control of Congress, then get that no good, terrorist and dictator appeasing, pile of ineffectiveness out of the White House, then America can work its way back to becoming a superpower.

    May 15, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Randolph Carter

    Is it just me or do Rove, Rush and Cheney kind of resemble eachother? Where do they consistently find these rich, fat, angry white men? I think they're all cloned from some old Nixon toenail clippings in a secret laboratory in the basement of the GOP headquarters. Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Sniffit

    Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

    May 15, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

    Am I scaring you with my "crazy liberal" posts that make 100% sense and for which you have no accurate and rational rebuttal? I love it. Keep it up buddy...you're only adding to my rep.

    May 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. ashley

    @ Rob...

    If you don't like it go to Fox...after all its fair and balanced.
    Besides right now YOU are the irrelevant one.

    I wonder what Cheney would say if we decided to water board Rove? Oh! His tune would change,

    May 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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