Heh. Just to follow up on yesterday’s post, Karl Rove of course had a response for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s quip that “I could’ve arrested Karl Rove on any given day.” Actually, Rep. Pelosi, we live in the United States of America, and here, most of us are pretty big fans of this thing called the rule of law:
“The only way I could have been arrested is if the House adopted the resolution, which it did not,” the Republican operative and former adviser to President George W. Bush told Fox News on Wednesday night.
“So, it’s nice to know that Speaker Pelosi wanted to have me arrested. It’s nice to know that she thinks she had the power to but we’re still a nation of laws and she has no authority to do so and had she attempted to arrest on any of the number times that I was in and out of the Capitol, without a resolution passed by the entire House of Representatives she would have been up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle.”
“You know, she sounds a little bit like Inspector Clouseau and a little bit about the Mad Red Queen, but Speaker Pelosi was dead wrong in her assertion today and I’m sure she had a good laugh and it’s nice to know that she dreams of slapping me in her own personal jail. But she didn’t have any authority to do it,” Rove said.
A House committee did vote to hold Rove in contempt in 2008 for not responding to subpoenas concerning the firings of U.S. attorneys, but the vote never reached the full House floor. Sorry, Pelosi, but you don’t have the power to go around arresting people just because it feels good — although, apparently, she was much too high-minded and beneficent to actually exercise her imagined authority. (And, I might point out, unlike in Operation Fast & Furious, nobody died in Karl Rove’s case.)