Karl Rove, once deemed Bush’s Brain for his influence on the president, will posture behind “executive privilege” if he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on July 10.
In actuality, Rove wants “executive exemption from the law” and is practicing “executive arrogance.”
The committee wants to ask Rove about his role in the firing of nine attorneys at the Department of Justice and the sketchy prosecution of former Democratic Alabama governor Don Siegelman.
It isn’t likely Rove will testify, much less provide candid answers. The fact that Rove was subpoenaed will supply little urgency to talk. His smokescreen is “executive privilege.”
Let’s dissect that conservative catch phrase. Executive = executive branch, which in recent times has included the Department of Justice.
Privilege = a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage or favor attached specifically to a position or an office, according to Webster’s Dictionary.
In my youth, I was taught privileges are given to the deserving based on good behavior or merit, and they could be taken away if that advantage was abused.
Well, the committee believes the DOJ was politicized (abused), so Rove should be compelled to speak the truth, and “executive privilege” should be revoked.