May 15th, 2009
09:20 AM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Karl Rove • U.S. attorney firings
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Triggidy

    Karl Rove=Benjamin Linus

    May 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Proud Army Vet

    I'm so proud to be an American! People this is what I'm talking about,
    Politicians need to understand the days of past are over no longer
    will this Nations citizens stand by and turn a blind eye to injustice!

    President Obama you better run a tight ship or you'll be next to tow
    the line!

    May 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. thanks, but no thanks

    To Tom Paine!

    Bill Clinton did not fire prosecutors in 1993. Every President has changed them on his first term, yet rare has been such move on the second term of any presidency. l have a feeling that you know this fact, but would like to cover Karl Rove's butt. By the way, Tom Paine, l am not a liberal, but an independent with an open mind. They broke the law, they should pay like everyone else. No special treatment....

    May 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Too all you anti Pelosi bloggers. Lets get the Bush group rounded up first, because there seems to be some confusion on the part of conservatives over whether torture is really torture at all. Then once that is determined to conservatives satisfaction and Bush/Cheney have been dealt with, by all means, go after Pelosi. If Bush and Co. didn't do anything wrong, well, you see where this is going . . .

    May 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Tom

    Waterboard him – it is okay to do it, the Bush admin said so...

    May 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Lynn

    Why no blog on the fact that a senior advisor to Colin Powell has stated that torture was used to try to "create" a false link to Al Queda and Iraq? This was done before the so called "enhanced techniques" laws were written and obviously prove that they produced fasle results.

    May 15, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Ernesto

    Under oath? Mr. Bush's "Turdblossom" knows nothing of truth. He is a liar and a practiced one. Perhaps he can still go to jail for lying if he really is under oath and says something besides "I don't recall." We can hope.

    May 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Frank

    Dick Cheney says it's ok to torture Karl Rove to get answers, so long as the methods used are "effective". WATERBOARD ROVE !!!

    May 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Carl W Smelcer

    Look at the last eight years:::::Its about time for them to start paying for
    their "dirty work".

    May 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Thomas

    One question: Will Rove be under oath?

    If not, this is a waste of time

    May 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. jt

    yes. waterboard Rove to extract the truth, cheney says it works...

    May 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Barbara Independent in NY

    Does anyone really expect this man to tell the truth?

    May 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. chelle

    Hey just because we may be "liberal" doesn't make us blind. Most of us are well aware that Nancy Pelosi is not an asset and certainly knew about the waterboarding..... That is not what this article is about. Frankly Pelosi could go away and it wouldn't bother me at all. I don't think it would bother most Democrats.

    May 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Brad

    Folks, there's nothing illegal about the "GM situation" How
    hilarious. Are some of you right-wingers still investigating
    Obama's claim that he was born in Hawaii?

    May 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. MidwestGuy

    Libs, please explain why Clinton firing 93 attorneys didnt have an investigation? All I see here are radical left wing idiots that are too blind to see the truth in their own party.

    May 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @DaBird who says "can we prosecute Biden and Obama for dismantling the CIA"

    That already happened with Bush. He stopped the drone that Bill Clinton had following Bin Laden before 9/11 happened? Next. . .

    May 15, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. James, Ho. TX

    Go for the whole Enchilada, the Laundry list; starting with 9/11 !!

    May 15, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Dave C - NJ

    The "liberal hatred" doesn't hold a candle to the racist ignorant rants on Fox comment sections.

    At least the libs have a point...the conservative nuts keep saying "obama is destroying the nation...he's not a citizen, what about Rev Wright"

    No substance, nothing to back anything up, childish rants. Pathetic.

    I see mean posts on here but at least they make a real case.

    May 15, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Dave C - NJ

    Let's list the biggest losers in politics:

    Dems: Pelosi

    GOP:
    Rove
    Bush
    Cheney
    Cantor
    Palin
    Steele
    I may run out of room on this section.....

    May 15, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Randolph Carter

    MidwestGuy, go back and read the previous posts. Many "Lib" posters have already explained it in a simple enough way that even republicans can understand it. Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. MidwestGuy

    So please... Make the case why the firings of the 8 attorneys is such a big deal when Clinton fired NINTEY THREE! Or does that point escape you?

    May 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Joe in Austin

    waste of time. move on.

    May 15, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Sniffit

    @ wally, who said "saint nancy knew about it"

    Let's pretend you're correct and she did. What could she have done? She had no power nor authority to stop it and speaking up about it while the Bushtard and Cheneybot were running the Executive Branch would have been an invitation for immediate persecution and prosecution given the way Cheneybot rambles on about thinking it was justified behavior like he swallowed a Speak&Spell and someone's tapdancing on his stomach. I'll give the GOP credit for attempting to create a distraction, but waving a red herring around like a pornstar fluffing his...briefcase...just isn't going to cut it when it comes to crimes against humanity.

    May 15, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. waterboard the creep!

    and go by whatever comes out of his mouth!

    NOT!

    May 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I hope they put him on the hot seat and set the stove to "burn, baby, burn". This guy is pure evil scum. He is responsible, at minimum indirectly, for the public scourging of countless politicians (i.e. McCain) employing methods that were less than honorable to put it mildly.

    Can we waterboard him in order to obtain "truthful" answers from this maggot?

    May 15, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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