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GOP watch: Rove's role

"Thousands of pages of internal e-mail and once-secret Congressional testimony showed Tuesday that Karl Rove and other senior aides in the Bush White House played an earlier and more active role than was previously known in the 2006 firings of a number of United States attorneys," the New York Times says. 

The Washington Post: "The dismissal of U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove."

More: "House Judiciary Chairman John M. Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) on Tuesday characterized the role of Bush White House figures in the firing of Iglesias and eight other U.S. attorneys as improper. 'Under the Bush regime, honest and well-performing U.S. attorneys were fired for petty patronage, political horse-trading, and, in the most egregious case of political abuse of the U.S. attorney corps -- that of U.S. attorney Iglesias -- because he refused to use his office to help Republicans win elections,' Conyers said."

"In a statement Tuesday, Rove asserted that he 'never sought to influence the conduct of any prosecution' and did not decide which prosecutors were fired. He also accused Democrats of making 'false accusations and partisan innuendoes.'"   

So add Rick Santorum to the list of 2012 GOP candidates? Apparently so. (Just askin': Can a guy who lost Pennsylvania -- a battleground state -- by almost 60%-40% be a presidential contender?)