03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Arlen Specter Single-Handedly Blocks Contempt Vote Against Rove, Bolten

A Senate Judiciary Committee vote on contempt resolutions against Karl Rove and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten were postponed following an objection by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Under Judiciary Committe rules, the vote will be postponed for one week.

Rove and Bolten were subpoenaed as part of the committee's investigation into the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys last year. Citing executive privilege, President Bush has refused to allow top White House officials, including both current and former, from testifying before the House and Senate Judiciary committees, which have spent months looking into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys last year. The House Judiciary Committee has already approved criminal contempt resolutions against Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriett Miers for refusing to comply with its subpoenas, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not yet set a floor vote on the measures.

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