Reaction from Rep. Linda Sanchez, the Chair of the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, to Karl Rove's comments today
Judging from his confusing and blatantly false distortions, Karl Rove is apparently trying to prove that he knew nothing about why these U.S. Attorneys were fired. For instance, his statement that Carol Lam "refused to file immigration cases" - when her office actually had the second highest number of immigration prosecutions in the country - demonstrates almost complete ignorance on the issue.
Unfortunately, he needs to try harder. I would love to hear Mr. Rove's explanation for why U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins was fired to make room for one of Mr. Rove's former aides.
I am working with House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers to cut through the multiple excuses and get to the truth of what happened. Our hearing earlier this week raised significant concerns about who is making the decision to fire federal prosecutors and why they are doing it. Today, we sent a letter to the Justice Department demanding additional information, including relevant documents and interviews with key officials.
I'll have details on that letter shortly.