August 12th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
14 years ago

House panel releases Rove, Miers documents

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Peoples Voice

    Life without parole is what Rove deserves.

    August 12, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Lucullus

    And now that this is beginning to unravel and Rove is being shown to be the criminal he is, you can be sure of one thing. The weenie Democrats will wring there hands, sputter about the rule of law and then give Rove a walk under the guise of "Moving On". God help this country, it's amazing we've lasted this long.

    August 12, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Polar Bears Against Palin

    I'd love to waterboard Karl Rove.

    August 12, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Jeff in Houston

    I know this is old hat, but wouldn't it be nice to see just one member of the Bush Syndicate end up in jail? Just a little justice for us little people down here, the ones making sure Cheny and the like stay free and wealthy with our tax dollars. I think we are due.

    August 12, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |

    So what else is new. Garbage that is at the top . A country with no shame . The world doesnt trust us and rightfully so. A world of trash wearing a good education and being rich. The great american dream.

    August 12, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Alex

    This is stating the obvious. Hopefully somebody from the last administration will have to answer for their actions.

    August 12, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Suzan

    And the right wing conservatives are afraid of what our new President might do to this country? The past 8 years with the Bush administration did more to harm this country than President Obama and his administration could ever do......

    August 12, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Obama 2.0

    Why arent Republicans screaming about that and all the other crap from the previous admin?

    August 12, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Esau

    Who cares about another attorney?? If he was not cuttting it that is their perogative to fire him – it happens every day in case you spoon fed fools did not realize it. Thats just too bad he got fired but RIGHT NOW people are losing jobs every day due to Obama's lack of leadership.

    August 12, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Clint

    Why does everything that Karl Rove touches have a stench to it?

    August 12, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    Why isn't anyone talking about the fact that these lawyers refused to do what the director of the Department of Justice asked them to do? In any other business that's a perfect reason to fire someone, why not in government?

    August 12, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Robert jay

    DUH? Do you think anyone in the Republican party or the Bush administartion would lie?? Another day, another lie. Of course FOX news wants Roves opinions. Why wouldn't a station like FOX want a bald faced liar for a commentator. Maybe they could hire Bush and Cheney and Rice and Rumsfeld and Bolten (all proven liars) and just create the news as they want it and not even report any facts. Especially not the truth!

    August 12, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Gollum

    Karl rove is good man, my precious. He is mean to nassty socialistic democratses. He will make those tricksy hobbitses pay!! Have nice day, my preciouses!

    August 12, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Tatianna

    US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president and are appointed by the president. Lets level the playing field. Let the dems produce a list of 93 US Attorneys Clinton fired and when they were fired and for what reason? if dems want to claim firing US Attorneys is illegal and criminal, then Janet Reno should be first up in the court dock

    August 12, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. dreamer

    Sigh!We need a third party badly in this country that is working for the people and not the likes of Roe and the Bushes.

    August 12, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Unemployed for too long

    Many I speak with (ordinary working men and women) are disgusted with the abundance of political figures who work to circumvent the law and ethical conduct. When will the punishment for law breaking politicians result in the same harsh punishment meted out to the average citizen who does far less than violate the public trust? If you're in politics, you get fired (at best). If not,, jail and or economic penalties.

    August 12, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. TCM

    where's the follow-up about the illegal firing of the IG Walpin by Obama? CNN, you really buried that one, despite the fact that it relates to a sitting president. Bush was within his rights as a president to dismiss the attorneys....check the facts.....Obama fired an extremely honest and competent government watchdog because he didn't like the fact that he was uncovering the fact that Kevin Johnson, ex-NBA star, and mayor...and tight OBama buddy, was misappropriating funds; taxpayer funds...for his personal usage. In fact, Johnson admitted it, through repayment of the funds..however, it's quickly awash for more "pertinent, Bush adminstration," bashing "old news.." I wasn't an avid fan of Bush, however, this is incredibily biased how you're whitwashing the Walpin story by trying to ressurrect Rove emails....sorta like each time OBama gaffes, you print a blurb about Palin to distract...hmm...

    August 12, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Anonymous

    So what? This is a manufactured scandal. One of many left over from the Bush administration. Since these attorneys are appointed and removed by the President, this is a non-story.

    August 12, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'd love to see Rove not obide by a subpoena this time.

    Just give us a reason Rove, please just do.

    Remeber that old asyin "how the mighty have fallen?"

    August 12, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. here we go

    this is how the previous administration dealt with people who were not on "it's side". Sure didn't hear the right gettin their panties in a knock with all the shegians the past administration did or tried to do..Rove is a worm, and so was and is anyone that believe this jerk.

    August 12, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. geecee

    No, say it isn't so!! Rove lying? Rove complicit in political punishments for not towing the party line? No way! Why isn't this turd blossom in jail?

    August 12, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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