I'm writing today to urgently enlist your help in my effort to hold Karl Rove accountable for politicizing the Department of Justice -- including the malicious, politically-motivated prosecution that targeted me and sent me to prison -- because our time may well be running out.
If Congress adjourns at the end of September without holding Karl Rove in contempt, our chances at restoring democracy may very well be kaput. We must pull out all the stops and turn up the heat.
Now that a U.S. District Judge has ruled that White House aides like Rove can't claim immunity in order to refuse testifying before Congress, there's no room for Karl Rove to hide any longer. It is time for Rove to come clean and tell the truth about what he has done, before the House Judiciary Committee, for all America to see.
That's why I'm asking you to email your Member of Congress, right now, and urge the full House to vote to hold Karl Rove in contempt! If you speak out, and Congress votes contempt for Rove, he'll have to speak out too -- and for the first time, under oath!
There is sworn testimony by a Republican lawyer that Karl Rove targeted me when I was Governor of Alabama through a malicious, unfounded, politically-motivated prosecution by the wife of Rove's best friend in Alabama. I was shackled, handcuffed, taken to a maximum security prison, and put into solitary confinement. I served 9 months in federal prison before the appeals court released me. We cannot let Karl Rove refuse to testify before Congress about his role in this nefarious scheme!
Karl Rove has thumbed his nose in the face of Congress, refusing to answer questions about his abuse of power in launching politically motivated prosecutions and politicizing the Department of Justice.
Now a federal judge has stripped Rove of his immunity claim. We don't have any time to lose. With only two more weeks left before Congress adjourns for the year, we need the House to act -- and act swiftly -- to force Karl Rove to show up and testify.
If Rove really has nothing to hide, then he should prove it to Congress and the country. He shouldn't be ducking the Congressional subpoena.
So please join me in speaking out: Forward an email to your Member of Congress right now, before the House adjourns at the end of September -- and demand that they vote to hold Karl Rove in contempt!
Thank you so much for your help.
-- Don Siegelman
Governor of Alabama