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Conyers blames Rove on atty firings

From NBC's Ken Strickland
The House Judiciary Committee today released over 700 pages the interview transcripts with Karl Rove and Harriet Miers regarding the panels investigation of the Bush White House's removal of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006. The committee also released thousands of pages of internal e-mails.

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers said in a statement: "This basic truth can no longer be denied: Karl Rove and his cohorts at the Bush White House were the driving force behind several of these firings, which were done for improper reasons." 

Accompanying the release of the documents, the committee included some "new facts" in the case, among them.... (the following is directly from the committee's statement which is on their Web site):

2005 White House "Decision" to fire David Iglesias -
It has previously been known that New Mexico Republicans pressed for Iglesias to be removed because they did not like his decisions on vote fraud cases. New White House documents show that Rove and his office were involved in this effort no later than May 2005 (months earlier than previously known) - for example, in May and June 2005, Rove aide Scott Jennings sent emails to Tim Griffin (also in Rove's office) asking "what else I can do to move this process forward" and stressing that "I would really like to move forward with getting rid of NM US ATTY." In June 2005, Harriet Miers emailed that a "decision" had been made to replace Iglesias. At this time, DOJ gave Iglesias top rankings, so this decision was clearly not just the result of the White House following the Department's lead as Rove and Miers have maintained.

Iglesias criticized by Rove aide for not "doing his job on" Democratic Congressional Candidate Patricia Madrid
An October 2006 email chain begun by Representative Heather Wilson criticized David Iglesias for not bringing politically useful public corruption prosecutions in the run up to the 2006 elections. Scott Jennings forwarded Wilson's email to Karl Rove and complained that Iglesias had been "shy about doing his job on Madrid," Wilson's opponent in the 2006 Congressional race. Just weeks after this email, Iglesias' name was placed on the final firing list.

An "agitated" Rove pressed Harriet Miers to do something about Iglesias just weeks before Iglesias was placed on the removal list
Karl Rove phoned Harriet Miers during a visit to New Mexico in September 2006 - according to Miers' testimony, Rove was "agitated" and told her that Iglesias was "a serious problem and he wanted something done about it."