Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman calls Rove’s voluminous written response to a ranking House Judiciary Committee Republican, “written answers to the wrong questions.”
So, what is the right question?
It might start like this: Did Karl Rove speak to his long time buddy Bill Canary about taking down Don Siegelman? Canary is the one pointed to by Republican Attorney Dana Jill Simpson in her (ahem) sworn testimony to Congress. Canary is not an Alabama official. He is not DoJ and therefore falls out of the scope of Rove’s answer, that he “never communicated, either directly or indirectly, with Justice Department or Alabama officials…” Canary, of course, is married to Leura Canary, U.S. Attorney in Alabama’s Middle District.
Rove does assert in his unsworn statement that he “never attempted, either directly or indirectly, to influence these [Siegelman case] matters.” U.S. Attorney Alice Martin in Alabama’s Northern District and Leura Canary are the “girls” gunning for Siegelman according to Simpson’s sworn testimony to Congress. Bill Canary says, he has “no recollection” of making the “my girls” comment.
Canary and Rove put their heads together managing the campaign of William Pryor (now a Bush appointed Judge) back in 1998.
Talking Points Memo has posted Rove’s 9 page response to Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar Smith (TX).
As of early Thursday morning, more than 101,000 people have called for Congress to hold Rove in Contempt and throw him in jail.