Key Rove aide fingered in US Attorney investigation to step down; Could face subpoena
Michael Roston
Published: Friday March 30, 2007
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Multiple sources reported today that a top aide to President George W. Bush's key adviser Karl Rove will soon step down from her job in the White House. The aide, Sara M. Taylor, was identified in yesterday's testimony by a former top Justice Department official as having sought the resignation of a US Attorney in Arkansas. She could still face a subpoena, RAW STORY learned.

Last week, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees authorized subpoenas of Scott Jennings, a deputy to Taylor, who is a top aide to Karl Rove. A House Judiciary Committee aide told RAW STORY she could still face a subpoena today.

"The people for whom subpoenas were authorized were a result of the document review, and it could be could be that Jennings' name was more prevalent," said a House Judiciary Committee aide. "Other subpoenas can be authorized or issued should any other names come up."

Taylor and Jennings were both fingered yesterday by Kyle Sampson, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as playing key roles in the elevation of Tim Griffin, a top staffer in the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign and an Army Judge Advocate General, as the interim US Attorney for Arkansas in place of Bud Cummins.

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) asked Sampson in yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing why he believed the appointment of Griffin was important to Rove.

"That e-mail was based on an assumption," Sampson answered. "I knew that Sara Taylor and Scott Jennings had expressed interest in promoting Mr. Griffin for appointment to be U.S. attorney, and I assumed, because they reported to Karl Rove, that he was interested in that."

Both the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog reported today that Sara Taylor, the White House political director, is set to resign soon.

"White House political director Sara M. Taylor, who has worked with Bush since April 1999, when he was starting his first presidential run, told Rove in December that she plans to leave in the spring, according to friends," wrote the Post's Peter Baker.

The Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon also stated that "persons familiar with the situation" said Taylor would exit soon.

Taylor's name had earlier been raised as a potential subject for House and Senate Judiciary Committee off the record interviews that White House Counsel Fred Fielding said could be permitted.

"Bush said that Fielding, told lawmakers they could interview Rove, Miers, deputy White House counsel William Kelley and J. Scott Jennings, a deputy to political director Sara Taylor -- who in turn works for Rove," wrote the AP's Laurie Kellman on March 21.