Siegelman Speaks Out, Claims Karl Rove Behind Prosecution

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Appears on MSNBC
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Appears on MSNBC

Former Governor Don Siegelman, out of prison to appeal his corruption conviction is wasting no time in making his case to a national audience. On Monday night Siegelman appeared live on Dan Abrams' show on MSNBC.

From the time word got out that Siegelman was under investigation by federal prosecutors, the former Governor said republicans in Washington and Alabama, were out to get him. Specifically, Presidential Advisor Karl Rove who is no stranger to Alabama politics, having guided the successful campaigns of a number of republican candidates.

"Karl Rove's fingerprints are all over this case.  If you ask me, do we have the knife with his fingerprints on it, no, but we've got the glove and the glove fits," says Siegelman.

Siegelman repeated his complaints about Rove, saying the former Bush insider should testify before a congressional committee looking into the extent of the Bush influence in the Justice Department. Rove's attorney issued a statement today denying those allegations "As Mr. Rove has repeatedly stated, he did not speak with anyone in the White House or the Justice Department concerning the prosecution of Governor Sigelman" - Robert Luskin, Karl Rove's Attorney.

"Saying that Karl Rove is not involved in my prosecution is like saying George Bush is not involved in the war in Iraq." says Siegelman.

In the midst of the program, Abrams made a surprise announcement, Rove appears ready to testify before Congress.

"Let's don't waste any time.  I think the House and Judiciary Committee should subpoena Karl Rove and bring him before those committees.  Let him put his hand on the bible and either tell the truth or lie under oath or plead the fifth - any of those scenarios would be fine with me." says Siegelman.

Seigelman went on to say that in addition to Rove, other politicians and prosecutors in Alabama, who he says were involved, should also be called to testify before congress.

Former Healthsouth CEO, Richard Scrushy, convicted at the same time as Siegelman, is still in prison because the court considers him a flight risk. Scrushy's lawyers contacted WSFA 12 News to explain that a hearing was never held to determine if their client was a flight risk, and therefore, he was "never given the opportunity to provide evidence that he was not a flight risk." The court's decision was based on Scrushy's unauthorized trip from Central to Southern Florida. His attorneys dispute the flight risk finding because they say he never left the United States.

You can count on WSFA 12 News and as we continue to follow this story as the two cases are reviewed by the federal appeals court.

Reporter: Bob Howell