The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday subpoenaed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to turn over all e-mails to or from White House political adviser Karl Rove in connection with the controversy over the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys.I'm betting that even if Gonzales turns over all the emails to and from Rove, there will me none that are incriminating. That's because the DoJ had Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling as what I am calling "consigliares" and that in the White House Harriet Miers functioned the same way for Rove. That's why Sampson, Goodling and Miers are gone now, and if they are indicted and tried they will fall on their swords like "Scooter" Libby did for Dick Cheney.
The subpoena suggests that the congressional inquiry is focusing on Rove and whether he shaped the firings and hirings of U.S. attorneys and whether the purge was influenced by GOP concerns about corruption probes and investigations of voter fraud in battleground states during the last election.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he took the step only after Gonzales twice declined to turn over such e-mails voluntarily. The subpoena gives Gonzales a May 15 deadline. If he does not comply, Leahy said, he will be asked to appear before the panel to answer questions.
Though Goodling might be a weak link. Her effort to "lawyer up" and the lawyer's comments that she would refuse to testify to the Senate for fear of a "perjury trap" suggests that she realized what her function was to be the fall guy. She's only about 34, and Sampson is only 37. That is awfully young to accept the sacrifice of your future because your boss has to be protected from his criminal activity.
[See the McKlatchy story here.]