Rove ignores subpoena, refuses to testify

July 10, 2008 8:00:48 AM PDT
Former White House adviser Karl Rove has ignored a subpoena from congressional Democrats to testify about allegations of political pressure at the Justice Department. Democrats subpoenaed Rove in May to force him to talk about whether he was involved in firing federal prosecutors or sought to influence prosecutors' decisions - including in the corruption case against former Democratic Alabama governor Don Siegelman.

He had been scheduled to appear at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday morning.

The panel is considering how to respond to Rove's refusal to show.

Siegelman was convicted on corruption charges in 2006. Democrats are investigating whether Rove encouraged the Justice Department to pursue the case.