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Protestor Subpoenas Ashcroft, Karl Rove


— November 7, 2003

A man charged with entering a restricted area during an October 2002 presidential visit has subpoenaed U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Bush political adviser Karl Rove to testify at his trial next week.

Activist Brett Bursey, 55, said Thursday the men’s testimony would show that the Bush administration tries to “sanitize” areas of dissent around the president during visits across the country.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Barton, who is handling the case, did not immediately return a telephone call. White House spokesman Taylor Gross said Rove had not been served with the subpoena and declined further comment. The trial is set for Wednesday.

Beautiful! Can you imagine being able to make Rove and Ashcroft testify about administration policies and doings under oath? Can you say “perjury”? But I’m sure they’ll weasel out of it. The AP reports it via CNN.com here.


A man charged with entering a restricted area during an October 2002 presidential visit has subpoenaed U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Bush political adviser Karl Rove to testify at his trial next week.

Activist Brett Bursey, 55, said Thursday the men’s testimony would show that the Bush administration tries to “sanitize” areas of dissent around the president during visits across the country.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Barton, who is handling the case, did not immediately return a telephone call. White House spokesman Taylor Gross said Rove had not been served with the subpoena and declined further comment. The trial is set for Wednesday.

Beautiful! Can you imagine being able to make Rove and Ashcroft testify about administration policies and doings under oath? Can you say “perjury”? But I’m sure they’ll weasel out of it. The AP reports it via CNN.com here.

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