2) Not under oath
3) No transcript will be generated
4) There will no subsequent testimony
5) No subsequent subpoenas
Sweet deal. Very nice stonewall. Yeah, I'm not happy. I pay for these bozos and they're not going to get on a stand, take an oath and tell the truth for a change? And then take the consequences should there be any? Yes, I know these guys can invoke executive privilege if they wanted to, but that would make them look guilty. Well, the deal they offered makes them look even worse. I would think they realize it is NOT in their best interests to play this kind of game.
So if the congress persons cave in, you and I won't get the opportunity to judge for ourselves what's going on behind the curtain. "No transcript and not under oath" means Rove etal can lie like troopers because it'll all come down to memory and there will be no repercussions. "No subsequent testimony" means that if they do lie, you can't haul their behinds back in and grill 'em about those falsehoods. And the "no subsequent subpoenas" just hamstrings any further investigations.
If you have nothing to hide you'd be in there taking an oath and telling the truth. Sorry guys, but you look guilty as all sin, whether you are or not. Just for once I'd like someone in Washington not to lie to us or treat us like morons. I know, I'm dreamin'.