I’ve had several email queries about my suggestion that demands to the White House for documents and testimony be framed as part an inquiry into the possible impeachment of Karl Rove. Since he doesn’t hold a Senate-confirmed job, my readers asked, can he be impeached?
Answer: Yes. Article II, Section 4 provides for the impeachment of “any Civil Official of the United States.” If Alberto Gonzales remains Attorney General, no doubt the Justice Department would be willing to argue that Rove isn’t a “Civil Official” because he has, in fact, created a whole new level of incivility. But I doubt that argument would get far in court.