"The agreement calls for Rove and Miers, Bush's top political adviser and White House counsel, to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in closed depositions"
I'm just wondering when DemocraPs are going to wake up and smell the fart mist of their rank, stank party.
"Bush aides to testify on US attorney firings" by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | March 5, 2009
WASHINGTON - Former top aides to President George W. Bush agreed yesterday to testify under oath before Congress about the firings of US attorneys, a controversy involving allegations of political interference that became a major issue in Bush's second term.
The Bush White House had fought attempts to force Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify, and the agreement - steered by aides to President Obama - ended that constitutional standoff with Congress. Both the White House and lawmakers, especially now that Democrat Obama has replaced Republican Bush - were leery of having a judge settle the question about the limits of executive privilege, for fear of losing.
The agreement calls for Rove and Miers, Bush's top political adviser and White House counsel, to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in closed depositions, said the committee chairman, John Conyers of Michigan.The two might also be called for public testimony.
The arrangement ends a lawsuit over whether former White House aides could be forced to testify about matters on which they advised the president. Bush had ordered Rove and Miers not to testify in the US attorney investigation, and the Judiciary Committee sued a year ago.
At issue is the firing of nine US attorneys. An internal Justice Department investigation under Bush concluded that - despite administration denials - political considerations played a part in the firings of as many as four of them.
Last July, US District Judge John Bates rejected Bush's contention that senior White House advisers were immune from the committee's subpoenas, siding with Congress's power to investigate the executive branch. The Bush administration had appealed the decision.Justice Department officials said the committee and the Obama administration would ask the judge to stay the lawsuit. If the agreement is breached, the case could be revived.