Strong stuff. But Rove has been invited (not subpoenaed) to testify about this before, and he refused to do so publicly, on the record or under oath. Assuming his position has not changed, he will invoke EP and refuse to show. Then, as with Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolten, they can issue contempt citations, which must be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, unless they dust off the “inherent contempt” power.
I’m sorry, BG. You’re right, the Congress does mind and would not like to see a continuation of its decline as an organ of government – a process which started long ago. Now is the time to stop it, to stand up and demand accountability.
I’m sure they will write an extremely angry letter, posthaste!
I think if Congress has any hope of reclaiming some of the power it has mindlessly ceded to the presidency over the past few years, it is going to have to gather its gonads and use its contempt power. Empty threats are just making Congress seem impotent.
How does the Sergeant at Arms arrest someone? Does he have the use of the Capitol Police? And suppose the Secret Service says “no, you may not enter the White House to arrest Karl Rove”. Could we have a shootout?