A House panel voted to cite Karl Rove, formerly President Bush’s top aide, for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to testify on allegations of improper White House influence over the Justice Department.
Rove has denied any involvement, and the White House has said Congress has no authority to compel testimony from current and former advisors.
The House Judiciary Committee’s 20-14 vote along party lines is only a recommendation.
A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said she would not decide until September whether to put the contempt citation to a vote by the full House.
Rove attorney Robert Luskin called the action “gratuitously punitive.”