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.


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

    Let's consider prosecuting Pelosi for lying to the American people about her knowledge of waterboarding first"

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. TBA

    Lets use waterboarding on him, that since it is not torture according to the Bush Admin. and it will get him to tell the truth and nothing about the truth.

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Skeetz

    Hopefully once they get Rove to talk, perhaps additional threads will be opened for additional investigations, hopefully Rove will be the first dominoe in the old inner circle to fall. If there is wrong doing, Rove cant say he acted without the authorization of the President cause that would mean Rove what involved in running a shadow agenda on his own. Fingers then point back to Bush, gee, I wonder if Obama would pardon Bush like Ford did with Nixon, for doing illegal activities. A slippery slope to be sure.

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Jerry

    influenced by politics? Karl Rove??? No waaay! It baffles me that it took this long to figure out why there were so many judges fired all at once – for what?? poor performance?? If I was the prosecuting lawyer/judge, I would ask for warrant on Karl Roves, playbook and check page 112, section c, under the title "how to fire judges that do not provide you what you want".

    May 15, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. John in Ohio

    "Clinton did it so Bush did it. Shouldn't we be focusing on Pelosi's lies and the Administrations enormous budget deficit being run up? Lets also make sure we continue to sweep the Murtha mess under the rug while ethics slips further and further down the Congressional priority list!"

    In Republican World, lying is worse then state-sanctioned torture.

    May 15, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. cu

    If you do harm, harm will return to you.

    May 15, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. bendo

    I hope he gets caught lieing and then goes to jail or he implicates dick and they all go to jail!

    May 15, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. John in Ohio

    People try to tie this to the Clinton firings, but it's two completely different things.

    Janet Reno fired *all* US attorneys promptly after Clinton took office. This was not in response to any specific thing, it was just a changing of the guard.

    The Justice Department under George Bush specifically fired US attorneys who did not break the law for Republicans, or who would not spearhead politically motivated investigations. It wasn't a changing of the guard, it was a surgical elimination of US attorneys who wouldn't break the law for George Bush's political allies.

    May 15, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. sharon, newport news, virginia

    ib this investigation started under President Bush's administration and has nothing to do with President Obama. You sound like someone on Fox news trying to blame the President for questioning anything the arrogant Bush, Cheney, and Rove did. Guilty dogs bark and two dogs have really been barking – Cheney and Rove. The only network that even gives Rove the time of day is Fox. The problem here is not Obama it is the dishonest adminstratiionduring the Bush years. Others may have done questionable things but guess who got caught?????

    May 15, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Ron In California

    etranger-you're a poet
    don't you know it
    with blissful ignorance of facts
    from your wit it detracts
    It's guys like Rove and Bush
    who for many years saved your tush
    You may think me crass
    but thats ok
    because I think your an ass.

    May 15, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Steph

    I second what Frank, Las Vegas wrote!

    May 15, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. lxc

    We will all wait for the day Nancy Pelosi takes the stand under oath that will be a welcoming day.... Boy Obama you sure do kow how to pick them... bunch of crooks and liars, and oh let's not forget the famous saying of the Democrats ...we inherited this,, stand up and take responsibility for a "CHANGE" Obama and crew are nothing but a bunch of liars !!!! and who can we blame for this!!! well it is now all coming to light and is backfiring on your own!!!! we knew it was just a matter of time before the true colors came out!!!

    Go ahead Democrats let's here it again of how you inherited the last 8 years ,that seems to be your only defense.. and it is getting so very old!!!
    Take RESPONSIBILTY!!!!! NOW PLEASE!!!!

    May 15, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. barking republican ankle biters

    Rove and his half brother Limbaugh are going to be Bubbas new girl friends in prison.

    May 15, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. NVa Native

    Okay smooth brains, no one – not the first Bush or Clinton replaced US Attnys mid-term because they would not fulfill political witch hunts against politicians of the other side.
    Every President (even the Dub) replaces the US attnys when they come into office.
    This is where the Turdblossom crew broke the law, firing US attnys specifially because they would not do their illegal bidding to create cases against Democratic politicians for political gain.
    Watching the Fox media will rot your brain, and the rest of us know you for what you are – simpletons who follow the angry and hateful crowd.

    May 15, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. ANGIE IN PA

    Can We Waterboard Him? That provides the Truth Right? And theres Nothing wrong with it Right?

    May 15, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Rove is another GOP who thinks he's above the law.... all he'll give out is LIES.

    May 15, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Rob

    Careful libs, your poster child, Nancy Pelosi KNEW all about the waterboarding, even asked if there was more that could be done. So while you're sitting there in you fantasy world dreaming up Bush, Cheney, and Rove in prison suits, realize Pelosi will right there with them.

    So how's it gonna fee when these same leaders you call upon for 'the truth' (or your demented version of it), knew and approved of the very same things that now they are calling wrong.

    Pelosi is just proving what all libs (and Dems) truly are: Self serving, power hungry morons who will change their stories however many times as needed to make them look good. No spine neccessary.

    May 15, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd love to be in on that "conversation." I can imagine Republicans calling it torture and saying that he doesn't have to answer based on some fantsy called executive prililage.

    To Proud member - It is customary to have US attorneys be replaced during each new presidential administration. What was different was that they were replaced after failure to prosecute Democrats; their replacement was done in the middle of a president's term. Those are unsual factors.

    May 15, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. rob

    Why don't you just forget testifying or court cases and just put all of the Bush admin in prison. While were at it how about outlawing the whole Republican party, their just getting in the way of the dems agenda. And lastly, you can make it a crime for anyone to disagree with Obama, no Tea parties or newspaper editorials etc. etc.

    Hey you brain washed Pelosi loving liberals, that would be a perfect world for you right? You can all live in your fantasy world where the Dems run the economy and our lives. They can tell us how much we can make, what cars to drive, what doctors to go to, what care we receive and when we're too old or to sick to receive it.

    What a world it will be.

    2010 can't come fast enough.

    May 15, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. mike

    I'm fine if Rove gets a jail cell. just as long as its next to Pelosi's.

    May 15, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Slider

    Good. Do so. Ask him all the questions you can think of that will be used to tarnish his reputation, and sully his political standing.

    After he gets done making a mockery of the charges brought against him in this little sideshow, proceed with Cheney and national security.

    The American people will learn the truth about which ideology has been using lies for political expediency.

    One day, and I hope that day won't be too far off, Democrats, and their allies in the courts, colleges, media and entertainment, are going to let the genie out of the bottle.

    Nancy Pelosi is meeting that genie now, and it is quite telling how all the rascals are abandoning her.

    May 15, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. prairieguy

    Even if, and it is a big if, Pelosi knew anout waterboarding...knowing of it is not a crime....she did not authorize it (bush/Cheney did) nor did she ever conduct it.

    The Repubs are just trying to keep the investigation away from the real culprits!!

    May 15, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Big John

    It's sure to be deep... save the watch the boots are already gone.

    May 15, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. slim-fl

    You got to read what fox is posting about their genius guy Rove. It just goes to show you what's it all about! Can you say the One Green Eye Monster.

    May 15, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Randolph Carter

    Sad to say nothing will come of this. The rich and powerful rarely go to prison. He'll say, "I don't recall" a bunch of times and It'll just turn into another waste of taxpayer money. Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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