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To many Democrats, Karl Rove was the Machiavelli of the Bush administration. His critics believed that the former White House political director had a hidden influence on everything from fiscal policy to the conduct of the Iraq War.

But that’s not what Mr. Rove himself says. No, he was just a simple public servant, a  “traffic cop,” in his own words, who managed the president’s paper and time.

“My job was to make certain that I reviewed every domestic policy document that went to the President and made certain it was worthy of him seeing it, made certain that all the arguments represented in the policy discussions were reflected in the document, and if not, encourage people to sharpen the document up,” Rove told a congressional attorney last month.

Hmmm. “Encourage” people? He did not say exactly how he did that. Perhaps we don’t want to know.

House Judiciary Committee lawyers interviewed Rove at length in July about his involvement (or lack thereof) in the 2006 firings of a number of US attorneys. Congress released hundreds of pages of transcripts on these interviews on Monday, along with supporting e-mails and other evidence.

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