Bush shields Rove from Senate probe

The White House has invoked executive privilege and instructed Karl Rove not to cooperate with a Senate investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys.

Bush shields Rove from Senate probe
The White House has invoked executive privilege and instructed Karl Rove not to cooperate with a Senate investigation into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys.

White House counsel Fred F. Fielding told the Judiciary Committee by letter that, as an immediate presidential adviser, Rove is "immune from compelled congressional testimony about matters that arose during his tenure and that relate to his official duties in that capacity," the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Fielding did not say Rove's aide, J. Scott Jennings, is also protected by this privilege.

Jennings was expected to appear before the committee Thursday and, although Fielding's letter indicated the aide will decline to answer questions about the U.S. attorney matter, he could be questioned on other topics.

In another move that could increase the tension between Congress and the Bush administration, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has declined to change testimony he gave regarding the legality of a surveillance program operated by the National Security Agency.

While Gonzales has admitted his account might have been confusing, he maintained it was not meant to mislead, as some senators contend, the Post said.

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