But Rove and Miers also asserted memory loss many times on key questions during the interviews, and Rove misled his Journal readers by falsely claiming that Alabama whistle-blower Dana Jill Simpson has never testified.
An attorney, Simpson voluntarily testified in 2007 under House Judiciary Committee staff cross-examination. She swore that a prominent fellow Republican predicted in early 2005 that Siegelman would be re-indicted later that year after collapse of the government's first case against him. Also, she swore that she heard that Siegelman's next case would be steered to the Bush-nominee Fuller, who "hated" Siegelman and would "hang" him.
Rove's spin on these kinds of post-conviction issues shows why this summer's interviews should be just a first step in a more thorough probe and public hearing.
The Justice Department should live up to its name by welcoming cross-examination of witnesses under oath before a fair judge. Questions about this case and so many like it around the country will not be forgotten simply by imprisoning the defendants. Others care also.