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article imageTop White House Aide Karl Rove Resigns

By Chris V. Thangham     Aug 13, 2007 in Politics
President George Bush’s right-hand man and top White House aide Karl Rove announced that he will leave the political arena by end of August. Rove said it was just time to leave.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Rove said he wants to resign by end of August to focus more on his family and because it is time to leave the White House.
Rove has been the mainstay for President George W. Bush. Without his political advice and maneuvering Bush couldn’t have been elected again. Rove is a senior political adviser to Bush and has worked with him for more than a decade. He first started the job with Bush when he was the Governor of Texas, when he announced his intention to run for Presidency in 1993, and also assisted many congressional elections.
Rove has been very effective for Bush and the Republicans for many years; he knows which buttons to push and manipulate and did it very well for them until recently, as Bush and his party are facing a troubling time with Iraq and the nation. That may be one of the reasons Rove may be resigning but won't admit to it.
Last month, the US Senate issued a subpoena against him as part of an investigation into the sacking of eight federal prosecutors, but Mr Bush ordered him not to testify, citing executive privilege.
Rove was also investigated for releasing the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame, but later prosecutors withdrew the case against him.
He may withdraw but his influence with the party will still be there. He must have trained many by now who will do the same job as him.
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