Matthews: Rove may be compelled to testify after resignation
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Monday August 13, 2007

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews predicted Congressional Democrats will "have a better chance" of compelling Karl Rove to testify on his role in the firing of nine US Attorneys now that he is resigning from the White House.

"You have to wonder about his exposure now because he's used executive privilege to protect himself from Pat Leahy on the Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Henry Waxman, both hot to trot to get him in a witness chair," Matthews said on NBC's Today Show Monday after news broke that Rove was resigning as the president's top political adviser. "He's exposed now, it seems to me on the leak case. In terms of the eight US Attorneys who were fired, I think he's also exposed there not having the White House position any more."

NBC White House correspondent David Gregory, filling in as a Today Show co-host, asked Matthews whether Democrats would have a better chance of getting Rove to comply with subpoenas demanding his testimony.

"You gotta bet they're gonna try," Matthews said. "And you gotta bet they're gonna have a better chance now with the courts."

A Judiciary Committee spokeswoman told RAW STORY that Leahy, the committee's chairman, would address Rove's resignation later Monday.

Matthews said Rove has long been a target of Democrats, who believe he is behind numerous scandals in recent years.

"This guy is the democrats' Moby Dick. ... They believe he got a guy elected to the presidency who didn't have the brains to get there on his own," Matthews said.

The following video is from NBC's Today Show, broadcast on August 13.