by- Suzie-Q @ 5:26 PM MST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former executive assistant to White House political adviser Karl Rove is seeking immunity from prosecution before testifying about administration ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a House investigative committee revealed Tuesday.
Susan Ralston, the aide who resigned last fall, told lawyers for the committee this month she would provide information if protected from prosecution.
In a sign that Congress’ probe into the Abramoff matter is widening, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform also signaled plans to seek further documents and information about the former lobbyist’s contacts with the Bush White House from “former and current White House and Administration officials who may have knowledge” about such communications.
In a memo to fellow committee members Tuesday, Chairman Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., said lawyers for the panel deposed Ralston, Rove’s former aide, on May 10. Ralston resigned her White House post in October following the committee’s finding that she had extensive contacts with Abramoff and had accepted tickets to sporting events and concerts from him.