August 13th, 2007
01:53 PM ET
11 years ago

Leahy: Rove leaving under a cloud

Watch CNN's Suzanne Malveaux report on why Rove decided to resign his post.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said in a statement released Monday that longtime Bush advisor and White House aide Karl Rove has “acted as if he was above the law.”

Leahy, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is leading the congressional investigation of the Bush administration’s firing of several U.S. attorneys. Leahy’s committee subpoenaed Rove as part of its investigation, but the White House refused to let Rove testify, instead asserting a claim of executive privilege for Rove’s communications with President Bush.

“I continue to ask what Mr. Rove and others at the White House are so desperate to hide,” Leahy said in his statement.

After vowing to continue the investigation into the U.S. attorney firings, Leahy also said Monday that “there is a cloud over this White House, and a gathering storm. A similar cloud envelopes Mr. Rove, even as he leaves the White House.”

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Karl Rove • Patrick Leahy
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. spinstopper

    Who cares what this partisian odd ball says about Karl Rove? What are you pushing CNN??

    August 13, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "Gathering Storm"

    Is that what you're calling it now? Aside from piping off like a steam kettle, you're not DOING anything. Figured out how to get around Executive Privilege since the US Attorneys office already refuses to honor your politically-motivated Contempt of Congress citations?

    Yeah – this issue is SO important you'll want until AFTER the August recess to pursue it?

    August 13, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Daniel, Tupelo, MS

    Reads to me like Leahy was only stating the obvious. Good riddance, Mr. Rove.

    August 13, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Chip Celina OH

    More tax dollars for a political witch-hunt where no punishment will be meted out, only the opportunity to smear people.

    Mr. Leahy, save my money, I have far more important concerns than whether or not eight US lawyers lost their jobs. I'm more concerned about other things. Why not an investigation into why the two border guards that were doing their job (stopping a drug dealer from crossing the border illegally, with dope in his possession) are now doing time.

    August 13, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Ali A. Akbar

    Leahy is a cloud.

    August 13, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. C.L Calgary, Canada

    Now that Karl Rove is out of the white house the world will be a little safer and Dubya will be a litte dumber(if thats possible) i hope the senate gets to the bottom of all the lies there is no justification for what Rove/Bush have done to the White House, Iraq and the world for that matter. In some ways they are as bad as Hitler was, one day no one will dare defend Bush when everyone realizes how bad he screwed everything up

    August 13, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Whisperer ME

    Sen. Leahy, who was once thrown off the Intelligence Committee for leaking classified information, is the last person on the planet to accuse anyone of being "under a cloud".

    August 13, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Tee, Laurel, MD

    Not gonna waste time talking about that master manipulator Karl Rove...Just want to note how now that the Republicans are on the hot seat some of them have the audacity to use the term "witch hunt after all the millions they spent going after Clinton...what a freakin joke ...

    August 13, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. AJ, Montpelier, Vermont

    I love to read the tirades from hypocritical hate filled bible banging bigots of the Republican party, concerning the investigations into this administrations merry band of miscreants. Those same right-wing hate mongers did nothing but cheer on the endless investigations the Republican Congress during the entire time the Clinton's were in the White House. If the special council statute had not been allowed to lapse, I have a feeling that those who worship on the alter of Bush would have seen their hero come up against charges a bit more serious than playing paty-cake in the Oval office with an intern. Leahy is absoultly right that Rove is leaving under a cloud of dishonesty, corruption and incompetence. It's too bad that such a brilliant man made it his mission to do so much damage to our nation.

    August 14, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. Chip Celina OH

    "the audacity to use the term "witch hunt after all the millions they spent going after Clinton…what a freakin joke …

    I agree that going after Clinton was a big waste of money too. How you read partisanship into my statement shows the freakin' joke

    If we would save the money the government uses for 'panels' and commissions and special investigators and hearings, on and on and on, and give it back to the tax-payers maybe 45million wouldn't be without health insurance.

    August 14, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Joe, Louisville, Kentucky

    Karl Rove’s legacy is reprehensible. He schemed to get a frat boy elected to the nation’s highest office, the two of them apparently never considering or maybe never caring that personal responsibility is essential when you act in the name of the people.

    August 14, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Jon – Do you want to know what they are DOING? Or are you just piping off some steam yourself?

    The issue at large is Bush's interpretation of "Executive Privilege". Bush and Cheney have been using this device to keep many delicate issues private throughout this administration. Starting with the Energy Bill that Cheney crafted with direct input from the energy companies including Enron's CEO. The problem is that this is "just" the White House's "interpretation" of Executive Privilege.

    Now what the Judiciary Committee is putting forth is a set of events that will lead to a constitutional showdown between the Legislative and the Executive branches in the Supreme Court. But to get there they need to tread carefully otherwise they will find themselves turned down as they were with the Energy Bill issue was with Cheney.
    This administration has wrecklessly and dangerously abused their positions in the Executive Branch which has led to many losses of life, taxpayer money, and liberties. And they have used this device to hide the facts from the people of the United States.
    This committee's actions are not the same as those that chased the Clinton's for years and only found a simple marital indescretion. This committee is trying to bring an unlawful administration back to justice. For Guantanamo, the Torture memorandum, the falsifying of facts leading up to the Iraq War, etc. This administration needs to be held accountable for their abuse of power.

    Telling it like I see it,

    August 14, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Niquie, Westlake Village, CA

    Rove leaving the White House is akin to a cat seeking more comfortable quarters. After evacuating his bowels, he departs for greener pastures. Alas, the stench remains...

    August 14, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. A. Furtner, Chicago, Illinois

    I'm laughing.

    It’s only been a measly 7 months out of 80, in oversight by Congress, and these ridiculous comments by GOP-hacks are crying as if this has been going on for years. Funny to see so many rats jump ship faster than you can say, impeachment inquiry. But I do understand why. No more GOP Congress to look the other way while this country is robbed blind.

    This monumentally bumbling and inept President has destroyed this country. He has, in short order, placed this country in the cross-hairs of the world’s ire. We are hated by everyone, thanks to Bushie. We’re in an illegal and unwinnable war that’s now bliterated our military, and international guard that supposed to be stateside, and probably the worst, bankrupt our cash reserves for decades. You can foregettabout anything that has to do with infrastructure (falling bridges), the homeland, folks. This country is toast. Thanks to Bushie. We got no cash left. We can’t borrow anymore. (And no, even with the war and social security off-budget to fudge the “deficit numbers” – we are truly screwed).

    What’s even more outstanding, is that if this moron was allowed a third term, he’d probably “take care of” the boomers, by gutting their social security and savings, putting them on the streets to die. Talk about compassionate conservatism! Ha. It’s now clear that he didn’t even read, let alone challenge Mr. Alberto Torture Gonzales, in Texas when he executed all those folks on death row. Truly breathtaking. Awesomely caring. But don’t ask this pea-brain a follow-up question in a news conference. He can’t handle it. That’s the rule.

    How embarrassing it is to compare this idiot with any other world leader.

    But the best part of having this wanabee serve, is to finally make the American public sit up straight in their sofas, and vomit. We will never elect, ever (or allow the Supreme Court to place) another Republican in office as President.

    Ever again.

    August 15, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |