Simpson says her father occasionally met members of the Bush family on business dealings related to oil leases for his accounting clients, and she showed me photos illustrating that she and her son wereinvited to the White House in 2001.
"Karl Rove knows perfectly well what the truth is," says Simpson. An attorney, Simpson points out that a Democratic staffer cut her off during her 2007 House Judiciary Committee closed-door testimony when she started to respond to a question about her political experience by mentioning her family's connections to the Bush family. "It's right there in the transcript," she says, noting the bottom of page seven.
More generally, the Obama administration has resisted reviews of the flimsy evidence against Siegelmanand his codefendant Richard Scrushy. They were sentenced to seven years in prison primarily because Siegelman reappointed Scrushy to a state board in 1999 after Scrushy donated to a non-profit Siegelman advocated. DOJ Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a friend of the president and a leading candidate for his next Supreme Court nomination, has urged the court to deny review.
This is the background as Rove's book tour comes to Birmingham April 27. As reported by Roger Shuler for OpEd News, Rove will face protesters showing a fanciful image of police frog-walking Rove in handcuffs.