Docs Belie Rove’s Claim That His Aide Was “Freelancing” In Pushing For Iglesias Firing

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August 11, 2009 11:35 am
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This won’t come as a shock … but the just released documents on the U.S. attorney firings make it clear that Karl Rove was far from straight with the House committee that interviewed him last month.

According to the transcript of the interview, Rove said that his top aide, Scott Jennings, was “freelancing” in trying to get David Iglesias fired in the summer of 2005. Rove told his interviewers that Jennings “had strong feelings about Iglesias” after having done political work in New Mexico.But the documents show that Rove was aware of Jennings’s discussions with Allen Weh, the New Mexico GOOP chair, on the subject of firing Igesias. Indeed, when Rove got an email from Weh on the subject, in August 2005, he ordered Jennings to bring up the issue with the White House counsel’s office.

So this was hardly just a case of Jennings “freelancing.”

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