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Court Allows Key Figure in U.S. Atty Firings to Practice in D.C.

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It’s not clear why Kyle Sampson, the Bush era figure who played a prominent role in the U.S. Atty firings, was granted a waiver to practice in D.C. by the court when the whole firing mess is under criminal investigation.

Zachary Roth
Talking Points Memo

Kyle Sampson, the Bush Justice Department staffer who played perhaps the most active operational role in the U.S. attorney firings, has been granted a rare waiver to practice law in Washington D.C., despite an ongoing criminal investigation into the scandal.

Sampson, who was chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, last year had his application for a law license rejected, pending the result of the criminal investigation, by the D.C. Committee on Admissions.

The committee referred to a “cloud” over Sampson’s “moral character,” citing his prominent role in the firings, as documented by two DOJ reports. Among other things, Sampson has been shown to have miseld Congress about the White House’s role in the firings.

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N.Y. Times Editorial Urges Authorities to Keep Digging into U.S. Atty. Firings

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Karl Rove

By The New York Times
Editorial Page

Documents released by Congress, including testimony from Karl Rove, offer powerful new evidence that the Bush administration fired top prosecutors who refused to use their offices to promote the electoral fortunes of Republicans.

Turning law enforcement into a tool of partisan politics is a serious offense, and a Justice Department investigation is under way. Congress must also continue its investigation and call Mr. Rove and others to testify publicly so the American people can hear for themselves how the justice system was hijacked.

The materials released on Tuesday paint an ugly picture of fair-minded prosecutors under siege by the White House for refusing to politicize their offices. And it puts Mr. Rove, former President George W. Bush’s chief political operative, at the center of it.

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Read Kansas City Star Editorial on Firing of Local U.S. Attorney

Negotiations May Clear a Path for Karl Rove to Testify Before Congress

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Karl Rove

Congress is salivating at the thought of getting Karl Rove to testify on the firings of 9 U.S. Attorneys. It looks like it may happen.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — White House lawyers and representatives for former president George W. Bush are engaged in discussions that could clear a path for congressional testimony by onetime Bush aide Karl Rove, three sources familiar with the talks said yesterday.
Word of the negotiations came on the same day that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) issued Rove a fresh subpoena regarding his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006, allegedly for political reasons.
Rove has deflected congressional demands for information about the dismissals by citing executive privilege and instructions from Bush. But Democrats say President Obama’s view of the matter may open the door for Rove’s eventual appearance on Capitol Hill.
“I believe that continued defiance of the subpoena is even less tenable in light of the fact that Mr. Rove is now the former adviser to a former president,” Conyers wrote yesterday in a letter to Rove’s attorney, Robert D. Luskin.
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