Friday, August 21, 2009

Conyers Spanks Karl Rove

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has responded to Karl Rove's demand for an apology.

Conyers provides readers with a spanking of Rove's insidious comments that his role in the firing of U.S. Attorneys in 2006 was minimal.

From (a Michigan News Site):

Karl Rove on Thursday took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal and demanded U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan's 14th district apologize for accusing him of improper behavior in the 2006 firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, recounting a report from last year that Conyers once said "We're closing in on Rove. Someone's got to kick his ass."

Wasting little time and offering no apology, Conyers countered with an afternoon
op-ed for the Huffington Post, criticizing Rove for rehashing discredited statements, the Wall Street Journal for publishing them and Rupert Murdoch for allowing the papers' conservative editorial stance to bleed onto the news pages.

Conyers earlier this month directly blamed Karl Rove for the firings, saying "This basic truth can no longer be denied: Karl Rove and his cohorts at the Bush White House were the driving force behind several of these firings, which were done for improper reasons."

But in his editorial, Rove wrote the 2 1/2 year House Judiciary Committee investigation into the firings showed that his role was "minimal and entirely proper."

Not so, according to Conyers.

On Karl Rove: Mr. Rove's self-serving assertions on this subject are simply inconsistent with the documents that the Judiciary Committee recently released and his claims have been discredited by the analysis of the documents and reporting on these matters by credible news outlets across the country. Anyone interested in the truth can read the documents for themselves (
here) or the reporting on these matters from papers large -- Washington Post (here) and New York Times (here) -- and small -- Kansas City Star (here). Mr. Rove's points are largely a repeat of his prior discredited statements, and the purpose of this post is not to rehash Mr. Rove's rehash.

Read the entire story here.