Senator: Rove should testify about prosecutor purge

The White House says Bush's top strategist just passed along complaints.

Published March 12, 2007 6:10PM (EDT)

We never got to see Karl Rove on the stand at the Scooter Libby trial, but that doesn't mean his opportunity for testifying under oath has passed. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has already called on Alberto Gonzales to resign over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys in December, now says the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Rove about his role in the purge.

In a statement picked up by TPM Muckraker, Schumer says: "The more we learn, the more it seems that people at high levels in the White House have been involved in the U.S. Attorney purge."

The White House has acknowledged that Rove passed along complaints about one or more of the fired prosecutors to the Justice Department and the White House Counsel's Office. But Allen Weh, the chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, suggested to McClatchy Newspapers that Rove might have been a little more involved than that. Weh says he told a Rove aide in 2005 that New Mexico U.S. attorney David Iglesias should be fired for failing to do more about voter fraud allegations against Democrats. When Weh saw Rove a while later and asked him about Iglesias, he says Rove told him: "He's gone."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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