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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:10 AM
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70. AP = GOP Lawyer Deposed on Alabama Case
GOP Lawyer Deposed on Alabama Case
Friday September 14, 2007 11:16 PM
By BEN EVANS AP
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6922703...

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican lawyer who says Karl Rove may have been involved in the prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman emerged without comment Friday from four hours of questioning at the House Judiciary Committee.

Jill Simpson was called to the Capitol to provide sworn testimony about her claim that she heard discussions in 2002 suggesting that Rove, a former top White House political adviser, may have played a role in the corruption case against Siegelman. At the time of the alleged conversation, Simpson was a campaign worker for Republican Gov. Bob Riley, who defeated Siegelman in that year's gubernatorial race.

``We answered their questions,'' Simpson's attorney Priscilla Duncan told reporters after the deposition, declining to elaborate......

As part of a broader investigation into political influence at the Justice Department, the Judiciary Committee recently asked the department to turn over its documents involving the case. More than forty former state attorneys general also have asked Congress to investigate.

In a letter to the committee last week, the Justice Department said it has not found any communications regarding Siegelman with the White House, members of Congress, or political party officials. The department denied the committee's request for internal documents, however.....

The department - and the career prosecutors who handled the case - have insisted that politics played no role in the decisions to pursue the prosecution and have emphasized that he was convicted by a jury.

A Judiciary Committee spokeswoman said it could be weeks before the parties involved decide whether to release a transcript of Friday's interview, conducted by Democratic and Republican attorneys for the committee.
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