Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments about clapping Karl Rove in irons and marching him off to the Capitol’s jail cell are like the fevered rant of a Lewis Carroll mad queen or the bumbling of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the former top aide to President George W. Bush said.
Pelosi, D-Calif., currently House minority leader, made her comment to reporters while criticizing a House committee vote to pursue contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder. She charged the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee move was political and irresponsible and something she had avoided while speaker.
“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” she said. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol. If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.”
However, Rove noted that while a House committee cited him for contempt in the investigation of the firing of U.S. attorneys in 2007, the House never took up the resolution.
“So it's nice to know that Speaker Pelosi wanted to have me arrested,” he said in an appearance on Fox News. “It's nice to know that she thinks she had the power to. But we're still a nation of laws, and she had no authority to do so, and had she attempted to arrest me on any of the number of times that I was in and out of the Capitol, without a resolution passed by the entire House of Representatives, she would have been up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle.
“You know, she sounds a little bit like Inspector Clouseau and a little bit about the mad red queen. But you know, Speaker Pelosi was dead wrong in her assertion today. I'm sure she had a good laugh, and it's nice to know that she dreams of slapping me in her own personal jail, but didn't have any authority to do it.”
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