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Congress Moves Forward With Karl Rove Contempt Charge

What's that noise coming from the Capitol's basement? Why, it's Karl Rove!

Well not exactly, but it could be soon! The House Judiciary Committee just voted along party lines to hold "Bush's Brain" in contempt of Congress, setting up a full House vote. The contempt charges stem from Karl's refusal to show up (claiming executive privileged) to a July 10 hearing on the allegedly politically motivated federal corruption charges that landed former (and popular) Democratic Alabama Governor Don Siegelman in prison.

If the entire House passes a contempt citation, the case goes to the federal attorney for the District of Columbia, Jeffery Taylor. Bush-appointed Taylor could recuse himself from the case and appoint a special prosecutor or refuse to prosecute.

If prosecution doesn't go anywhere, Congress does have its own "inherent power of contempt," which requires it to stop all other work and hold its own trial. If that happens, and Karl Rove is found guilty, he would be imprisoned in the basement of the Capitol. He could be joined by ex-White House counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton, who are facing contempt charges, too. Do you think they'll fight over who gets the top bunk?


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