NM GOP Party Leader Says Rove Had Hand in Firing USA

| Sun Mar. 11, 2007 1:30 PM PDT

As I wrote last Thursday, Karl Rove is making it clear that he does not think the mass firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, now under investigation by both the House and Senate, is a big deal. It appears that perhaps the president's adviser is insisting that the purge is a non-issue because of his potential implication in the situation. Yesterday, McClatchy reported that the New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Allen Weh admitted to having a conversation in 2005 with a White House liaison to Rove, during which, he urged the White House to fire David Iglesias because the USA had failed to indict Democrats in a voter fraud investigation. Weh claims to have followed up with Rove personally in the winter of 2006. The party chairman inquired as to whether anything would happen to Iglesias (read: would he be fired) and Rove said, "He's gone." Weh responded, "Hallelujah." As McClatchy points out, this directly contradicts what the Justice Department has been saying about White House involvement; that they merely approved a DOJ-created list of attorneys to be fired.

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