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House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued a subpoena Thursday to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for testimony about politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who was jailed for bribery in what was widely seen as a political prosecution.
The subpoena comes on the heels of a letter from Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, who told the Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the president's former top advisor would refuse to testify voluntarily.
"It is unfortunate that Mr. Rove has failed to cooperate with our requests," Conyers said in a release. "Although he does not seem the least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr. Rove and his attorney have apparently concluded that a public hearing room would not be appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no choice today but to compel his testimony on these very important matters."
Reacting to the news on NBC, correspondent Pete Williams said that the Justice Department most likely won't enforce the subpoena.