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The office of Committee Chair Rep. Henry Waxman announced today that Susan Ralston, a top aide to Presidential advisor Karl Rove long thought to have played a key role in the U.S. attorneys and vote fraud scandals has invoked her Fifth Amendment right in refusing to testify under examination by investigators of the House Oversight Committee. Ralston refused to answer questions relating to convicted felon Jack Abramoff and his associates and various members of the White House staff, including Karl Rove and herself, and all questions concerning the use of Republican National Committee email accounts by White House staffers. Ralston, who is represented by Bradford Berenson (whose other clients involved in the investigation include Kyle Sampson) is seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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