Tuesday, April 08, 2008
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Siegelman: Rove should testify, but not me

Don Siegelman wants Karl Rove to testify before Congress about his role (or non-role, as the case may be) in Siegelman's prosecution. That's interesting, given that at least one Siegelman supporter in Congress - Rep. Artur Davis (D.-B'ham) - is doing all he can to prevent Siegelman himself from having to testify.

WASHINGTON - Rep. Artur Davis said Monday that Don Siegelman should not testify before Congress because it could endanger the former governor's criminal defense and distract the committee from its broader investigation of political influence in the U.S. Justice Department.

Davis, a Birmingham Democrat and leading Siegelman ally, announced his reservations about the testimony in a detailed letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

Davis said he feared Republicans would use the opportunity to discredit Siegelman; that his statements could be used against him; and that the committee would be overstepping its mission of oversight. (B'ham News, April 1)

Awwww...poor Don. Still afraid of a few Wascally Wepublicans. I can't say that I blame him. He'd likely face lots of uncomfortable questions about his many misdeeds. It's just funny that Siegelman expects Rove to talk to Congress about the case - which Rove was only marginally involved in, if at all - but defendant Don Siegelman apparently lacks the guts to do it himself.