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April 24, 2007

Rove Under Investigation: Power Points and Politics

The LA Times is reporting that Karl Rove is under investigation by the Office of Special Counsel. This is big news, primarily because the investigation is being conducted by a permanent office of the federal government, by a Bush appointee, Scott Bloch. While the White House is simulatenously being barraged with investigations led by Henry Waxman, they probably didn't expect to be nailed by one of their own. The charges are very serious, and very far-reaching.

Most of the time, an obscure federal investigative unit known as the Office of Special Counsel confines itself to monitoring the activities of relatively low-level government employees, stepping in with reprimands and other routine administrative actions for such offenses as discriminating against military personnel or engaging in prohibited political activities.

But the Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.

The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S. attorney, missing White House e-mails, and White House efforts to keep presidential appointees attuned to Republican political priorities, could create a substantial new problem for the Bush White House.

The OSP will also be looking into interference into matters involving the U.S. Department of Interior and the political shenanigans by Laurita Doan, head of of the General Services Administration.

Boo-ya! Or should I say "Bring it On"? It's a good day for democracy.

Posted by shoephone on April 24, 2007 at 09:32 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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