In Contempt Vote on Karl Rove, the Ayes Have It

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The House Judiciary Committee has just voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt for failing to respond to a subpoena to face questioning from the Committee on the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

The final vote was 20 ayes and 14 nays. With Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) voting “absolutely, 100% aye.”

In a memo on the Full Committee meeting, Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) summarized the facts surrounding Rove’s refusal to even appear before the committee and assert executive privilege:

Mr. Rove has refused even to appear before the Committee and assert whatever privileges that he believes may apply to his testimony, relying on excessively broad and legally insufficient claims of “absolute immunity” – never recognized by any court – in declining to appear.