Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued
for any of Karl Rove's emails in the Department's possession that might be relevant to the U.S. attorney firings. The deadline was 2 PM yesterday. The deadline came and went. And now Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) and ranking member Arlen Specter (R-PA) are angry.
âYou ignored the subpoena, did not come forward today, did not produce the documents and did not even offer an explanation for your noncompliance,â the senators wrote in a letter to Alberto Gonzales today. âYour action today is in defiance of the Committeeâs subpoena without explanation of any legal basis for doing so.â You can read the letter here.
The senators set a new deadline, this Friday at May 18, 10 AM. If the Justice Department does not respond to the subpoena, the senators ask that they at least explain why they're not responding "so that the Chairman and the Committee can assess any objections to the subpoena or privileges claimed by the Department."
"The Committee intends to get to the truth," they conclude.