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Waxman Wants Former Rove Aide to Testify about Politicization

Taylor, like Rove and his other aides, gave briefings to a number of agencies throughout the government about which Republican candidates were in danger of losing reelection. When questioned about those briefings last week, she was evasive. The White House has claimed that the briefings were only "informational" and that agency employees were not directed to take actions to benefit GOP candidates.

Waxman has uncovered emails, however, that show the White House's enthusiasm for using agency heads as political props. Among them is an email (pdf) that describes a proud Karl Rove boasting after the 2006 election that the drug czar's office and officials from the departments of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture had gone "above and beyond the call of duty" in making "surrogate appearances."