August 12th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
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House panel releases Rove, Miers documents

House Judiciary Committee sources say they expect Karl Rove will be called to testify again.
House Judiciary Committee sources say they expect Karl Rove will be called to testify again.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House e-mails and transcripts of closed-door interviews with former Bush aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers reveal involvement as early as May 2005 by Rove's office in the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday released nearly 6,000 pages of documents from the committee's investigation into the firings.

In May and June 2005, for example, Rove aide Scott Jennings wrote e-mails to Tim Griffin, also in Rove's White House office, pushing for the dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias.

Jennings wondered "what else I can do to move this process forward" in one e-mail, and told Griffin in another that, "I would really like to move forward with getting rid of NM US ATTY." The impetus behind the push, according to the documents, was a disagreement in how Iglesias handled voter fraud cases.

Miers, then White House counsel, e-mailed in June 2005 that a "decision" had been made to replace Iglesias despite the attorney's top job review rankings from the Department of Justice.

Rove told the judiciary committee, according to transcripts of his interview, that Jennings was "freelancing" in his attempts to have Iglesias fired, but Miers, in her interview, said that a very "agitated" Rove telephoned her from New Mexico in September 2006, saying that Iglesias was "a serious problem and he wanted something done about it."

A month later, then-U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-New Mexico, e-mailed Rove that Iglesias was "shy about doing his job" of bringing corruption charges against her opponent in the 2006 race, Patricia Madrid.

Records also show that then-U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, also was involved in pressing for Iglesias' replacement. The documents and transcripts show that Domenici spoke with White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten about Iglesias in early October and either he or his staff spoke with Rove at least four times in October.

Iglesias was ultimately placed on a list of attorneys to be fired in late 2006.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Billy from NC

    Obama needs to prosecute Bush and all of his cronies. Keep Bush in the news so that Obama won't look so bad and he can get health care passed. CNN, you do a good job of helping out but we are going to have to ram this thing through before people figure out what is going on.

    August 12, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Onyx Powers

    We will soon find out with the Karl Rove inquiry whether or not justice is a matter of principle or a matter of Convenience

    August 12, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. demwit

    But, but, CNN kept repeating over and over that it was Carl Rove that wrote the list!!?

    August 12, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Its obvious...this US Attorney was simply FAILING at doing his job. He deserved to be fired.

    August 12, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. JonDie

    When will Heather Wilson and Pete Domenici be INDICTED?

    Firing a member of the supposedly independent judiciary because he or she will not prosecute one's political opponents is a CRIME.

    August 12, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. frank, NC

    He needs to be put in jail and the key thrown away.

    August 12, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Billy Ray Valentine -- Capricorn

    The Bush Administration's laundry list of corruption gets longer and longer. And it's the teabaggers who say Obama is destroying this country. This country was destroyed when Bush stole Florida.

    August 12, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. cspurgeon

    This needs a real investigation and grand Jury and if true some good penaltiesn to stop this kind of gangsterism in the future by any administration.

    August 12, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Rove was involved?????? I'm stunned!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. virginia nielsen

    Aren't they in jail yet ? What a gang of liers !!!

    August 12, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Hugo

    Why is anyone interested in the past history of the Bush Administration firing AG's when the current corruption of the present Administration has been repeatedly exposed to be funneling taxpayer money to corrupt criminal organizations such as ACORN at this very moment? Hey America, wake up!

    August 12, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Big Ed

    If there was wrongdoing or illegal activity found, I hope that Mr. Rove and Ms. Miers will be held accountable.

    August 12, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Rove deserves a fair trial, followed by the firing squad.

    August 12, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. barnhardt in NC

    That rat with an oversized head needs to serve some time in the slammer instead of drawing a big check from Fox. Maybe he and Tom DeLay could host a talk show featuring the long list of Republican ex cons.

    August 12, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Peggy - TX

    It makes me very angry when I hear stupid people repeating bold faced lies told to them by Radio Talk show host. Because of a blind faith in these lies, these poor pathetic people blindly continue to support political positions that are OBVIOUSLY not in their self-interest.

    WHY DO TALK SHOW RADIO HOST IGNORE ROVE’S CUPABILITTY.

    WHY DOES FOX NEWS GENERATE ADVERTISMENTS WHERE ROVE IS SINGLING IN CORUS WITH THEIR OWN ANCHORS?

    THE ONLY PLASIABLE ANSEWER – BECAUSE THEY ARE CRUPT!!!

    August 12, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Ryan

    How is this not being prosecuted? The motivation is clear in the documents! Yeah, I'm sure Jennings was "freelancing." Why would Rove's aide all of a sudden decide he wanted an attorney fired? This is so blatant. Why aren't all you town hall protesters, worried about something like this in which the government clearly overstepped its bound. I think we know all you protesters are hypocrites.

    August 12, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. A. Goodwin

    And why is Rove not behind bars all ready?

    August 12, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Jim in Indiana

    Republican corruption during the Bush Administration? This isn't news.

    August 12, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. haren

    Put him in prison and all that anchors on Fox news also.

    August 12, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Randolph Carter

    Karl Rove is a world class sleazebag. He'll never tell the truth under oath. Have a nice day!

    August 12, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Make him testify under oath.

    August 12, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Jason

    Republicans are afraid of Obama for hard to justify reasons (usually racism or hate of Democrats blanketed in some trite reason) but here we have Rove, a man who abused his power to the same level that Madoff abused his, and yet we don't hear the uproar from the right calling for his indictment and conviction! This man broke so many laws! It is quite amazing that he is still walking the streets.

    August 12, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Bob in Pa

    All this doesn't matter. They were consel to the President and it all comes down to the fact the President (no matter if it's Bush, Clinton, or Obama) can fire any of the US attorneys at will. When will the congress stop wasting time and our money !

    August 12, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Rose

    I find it amazing that Congress has the time to read thousands of Emails about the fired Attorney's and can't find the time to read the health care proposal and the recently passed stimulus bill.
    In my opinion, the Dems think they work for the Dems, not the people.

    August 12, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. "shy about doing his job" of bringing corruption charges against her opponent

    what ever it takes to make Rove accountable for at least some of the harm he has brought and done to the U.S.

    just the sight of him makes me believe I have seen evil

    Cheney has the same effect

    When you do as much harm as Bushes henchmen, you are connected with evil for the rest of your life

    Voters, the next GOPer will bring these evil men into their cabinets, don't let this happen

    August 12, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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