Did Gonzalez and Ashcroft Conspire to Obstruct Justice?

By valabor, DailyKos

In all the focus on the minutia of the Plame leak, and with a possible Gonzalez Supreme Court nomination, I wanted to remind everyone of this Harkin moment in the Congressional Record (after the flip).

Could Alberto Gonzalez be a subject in the cover-up portion of the Plame investigation???

In short, after Attorney General John Ashcroft delayed mounting any investigation into the Plame leak, he then delayed informing the White House of the investigation (in order to trigger their duty to preserve documents). Once Ashcroft did notify the White House, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez asked if he could wait until the next day to send out the official notice to White House staff to preserve documents relevant to the investigation. Even though the request was extraordinary, and outside any normal prosecutorial procedures, Ashcroft obliged. Harkin laid it all out way back in October 2003:

Follow the Uranium

New York Times
By FRANK RICH

"I am saying that if anyone was involved in that type of activity which I referred to, they would not be working here."
- Ron Ziegler, press secretary to Richard Nixon, defending the presidential aide Dwight Chapin on Oct. 18, 1972. Chapin was convicted in April 1974 of perjury in connection with his relationship to the political saboteur Donald Segretti.

"Any individual who works here at the White House has the confidence of the president. They wouldn't be working here at the White House if they didn't have the president's confidence."
- Scott McClellan, press secretary to George W. Bush, defending Karl Rove on Tuesday.

Tom Udall Taking Action

Add Congressman Tom Udall (Dem., N.M.) to the growing list of Congress Members hosting public events in their districts on July 23rd to mark the three-year anniversary of the infamous meeting on Downing Street.

Blog Here on July 23

On July 23rd, bloggers from around the country are invited to post reports and links on the homepage of AfterDowningStreet.org. To find an event near you to report from, see: http://heh.pl/&tm To get a username and password that you'll need, contact us here Please send us your name, URL, Email address, and the location of the event you'll be reporting on. Your posts will have to be approved before they show up, but on the 23rd someone will be watching the site at all times and approving post

How Did This Country Get so Bad?

From www.ustheband.com

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The song is available for a $1.00 download (plus a 33-cent PayPal transaction fee) at www.ustheband.com

And from now through July 31, 50 percent of all proceeds will be donated to afterdowningstreet.org to help spread the word about this VERY important document which proves without a doubt that Bush is guilty of an impeachable offense: sending American armed forces into war based on deliberately manufactured false evidence - that is, LIES!

Congressman Conyers Plans Event for Detroit Next Saturday

PDF of This
Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Invites You to Join Him for a
TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE DOWNING STREET MINUTES:
Mourn the Losses, Learn the Truth, and Investigate the Lies

*SATURDAY, JULY 23RD, 2005*
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Wayne State University Law School
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202

FEATURING:
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Tony Trupiano, Syndicated Broadcaster and Author
Lila Lipscomb, Co-Founder, Gold Star Families for Peace
Prof. Bob Sedler, Wayne State University Law School
Al Fishman, Coordinator, Detroit Area Peace and Justice Network
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An Out of Iraq! Teach-in On The 3rd Anniversary of the Smoking Gun Downing Street Memo

Please Join Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Iraq Veterans Against the War & Other Peace Activists for an
Out of Iraq! Teach-in On The 3rd Anniversary of the Smoking Gun Downing Street Memo

Participate in a ...
Day of Truth
Saturday, July 23, noon-3 PM
Covenant Worship Center
425 So. La Brea Ave. (2 blocks south of Manchester in ),
Inglewood, Calif.

Learn about the Out of Iraq Caucus in Congress & the Resolution of Inquiry

Featured Speakers:
*Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Organizer of the Out of Iraq Caucus

Case for impeachment

Brattleboro Reformer, VT

The Downing Street Memos have faded from the headlines, overshadowed by the furor over Karl Rove and whether he leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame to reporters.
We know it's tough for the Washington press corps to focus on more than one story at a time, but we'll make it easy for them.

Both the Downing Street Memos -- the secret documents from Britain's intelligence agency on the Bush administration's preparations for invading Iraq -- and the ongoing scandal involving President Bush's most trusted advisor are both tied together. They show the lengths that the Bush administration will go to in convincing Americans to accept a unnecessary war. They also show how the White House bullied and discredited anyone who got in its way.

Pennsylvania Senatorial Candidate Plans DSM Day Event

Add another great event to the national lineup for July 23rd:

Chuck Pennacchio, Ph.D., 2006 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Pennsylvania, will discuss the importance of the Downing Street Minutes in Reading, Penn., on July 23rd.

Learn more at:
P.O. Box 739
Plumsteadville, PA 18949
Phone 215.766.1924
http://www.chuck2006.com

Congressman Waxman on Jam Rove Is In

REP. HENRY A. WAXMAN RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JULY 15, 2005

Karl Rove’s Nondisclosure Agreement
Today, news reports revealed that Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff and the President’s top political advisor, confirmed the identity of covert CIA official Valerie Plame Wilson with Robert Novak on July 8, 2003, six days before Mr. Novak published the information in a nationally syndicated column. These new disclosures have obvious relevance to the criminal investigation of Patrick Fitzgerald, the Special Counsel who is investigating whether Mr. Rove violated a criminal statute by revealing Ms. Wilson’s identity as a covert CIA official.

Clues to Who Might Be At/Near the Source of the Rove Leak Scandal

By David Sirota

I am not one who likes to engage in a lot of speculation, but the Karl Rove/leak scandal has really gotten me thinking: why won't they just fire Rove? The answer is not that Rove is innocent, or even that they can't because he's too powerful - I'm starting to think the reason is because while Rove was definitely involved and definitely deserves to face legal consequnces, he wasn't the root. Somebody else was the root of this leak - and that somebody is likely a person the Bush administration can't just cut loose like they could even Rove, who is after all, a staffer. It must be somebody even higher up on the food chain.

Congressman Barney Frank and John Bonifaz in Boston

Congressman Barney Frank and AfterDowningStreet.org Co-Founder John Bonifaz will lead a discussion of the Downing Street Minutes in Boston on July 31. Here's a flyer all about it.

Bonifaz in Deerfield, Mass.

"After Downing Street!"
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Woolman Hill Conference Center
Keets Road, Deerfield, Mass.

This month we observe the third Anniversary of the infamous Downing Street meeting. The British Intelligence memo on this meeting gives proof that the US and UK were lying about Iraq's WMD programs in order to make their case for war. Consider with Atty. John Bonifaz, (MacArthur Fellow, national voting rights advocate, and co-founder of www.afterdowningstreet.org) what is to be done about President Bush ordering intelligence to be manufactured.

John Bonifaz says, “Was there a deliberate deception campaign? … That is a question of the highest magnitude for this Congress to consider.

Miller Could Face Longer Time In Jail As Probe Deepens

Editor and Publisher
By E&P Staff

NEW YORK Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald may seek criminal contempt charges against New York Times reporter Judith Miller, which could significantly lengthen her time in jail, Howard Kurtz and Carol Leonnig report in today's Washington Post.

They also reveal that, according to two sources, Miller spoke with Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, during the period in July 2003 just before Robert Novak's fateful column appeared.

"Fitzgerald and Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan have both raised the possibility in open court that Miller could be charged with criminal contempt if she continues to defy Hogan's order to cooperate in the investigation of who may have unlawfully leaked the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media," the Post observes.

San Diego Democrats: Impeach Bush

Resolution charges high crimes and misdemeanors
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

The San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for "high crimes and misdemeanors."

The committee, in a vote Tuesday, asks Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings based on "evidence" that the administration lied to the American people and created a false justification for going to war in Iraq.

The resolution refers to the so-called Downing Street Memo – official minutes of a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of the Bush administration – and "new leaks of British documents."

Rep. Jim McDermott to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Seattle

Rep. Jim McDermott to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Seattle to discuss Downing Street Minutes, Rovegate, and the ongoing deception of the Iraq War.

(Seattle, WA) Congressperson Jim McDermott will host a town hall meeting to discuss the manipulation of prewar intelligence, the Downing Street Minutes, White House improprieties committed by Karl Rove and other Bush Administration officials, and the war in Iraq. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Seattle Labor Temple, July 23, 1-3 pm. The Seattle Labor Temple is located at 2800 1st Ave, between Broad and Clay Streets, and the event will be in Hall One.

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GUESTS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK...

GREG PALAST
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on "Mr. Rove and the Access of Evil"!

DAVID SWANSON
Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org
on the 7/23 'Downing Street' events and
Comcast deleting AfterDowningStreet's Email!

ERIC BREWER
BTCNews' White House Correspondent/Blogger

How Comcast Censors Political Content

How Comcast Censors Political Content
Or Why My Comcast Horror Story Is Better Than Yours
By David Swanson

Most Comcast internet customers seem to have horror stories, but in my humble opinion this one is a doozie and may even suggest threats to freedom of speech more significant than the jailing of a court stenographer.

I'm working on a campaign headquartered at www.afterdowningstreet.org that seeks to draw attention to the Downing Street Minutes and to lobby Congress to open an investigation into whether the President has committed impeachable offenses. According to a recent Zogby poll, 42 percent of Americans favor impeachment proceedings if the President lied about the reasons for war, and according to a recent ABC News / Washington Post poll, 52 percent think he did. But this story is nowhere to be found in the corporate media. So, our website attracts a lot of traffic.

Progressive Internet Activists Win Battle with Symantec Brightmail Spam Software

UPDATE (8:05 p.m. ET): AfterDowningStreet.org Co-Founder and Democrats.com President Bob Fertik contacted a number of people this evening in the corporate communications office of Symantec, and they fixed the problem. Fertik issued this statement:

"I want to thank the Symantec Corporation for responding in real time upon being notified that their Bright Mail product was the source of the problem."
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UPDATE: (6:45 p.m. ET): The manager of Comcast's abuse department now claims that they have a contract with Bright Mail (part of Symantec)and that Bright Mail controls the filter and refuses to lift the blog (claiming to have received 46,000 spam messages with the ADS url in them; but refusing to show us a single such message). Bright Mail also serves OTHER large ISPs, not just Comcast.
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Any Emails you've sent in the past week that included "www.afterdowningstreet.org" did not reach a lot of people. And the problem is not fixed. You can work around this by leaving the initial www. off the address afterdowningstreet.org.

Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Congress Must Investigate Leak of CIA Agent's Identity

Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Congress Must Investigate Leak of CIA Agent's Identity

Distribution Source : U.S. Newswire

Date : Friday, July 15, 2005

To: National Desk

Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Web: http://democraticleader.house.gov

WASHINGTON, July 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Menendez, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman James E. Clyburn sent a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert today calling on him to direct House committees to immediately schedule hearings into the White House's involvement in leaking the identity of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame.

Rep. Conyers and 91 Members of Congress Call on Karl Rove to Resign

Rep. Conyers and 91 Members of Congress Call on Karl Rove to Resign or Explain Outing of CIA Operative Valerie Plame
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

News from Rep. Conyer's office:

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, released a letter signed by 91 Members of Congress asking that the President either demand that Karl Rove come forward to explain his role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, or that he ask him to resign (a copy of the letter and the list of signatories is available as a PDF).

Frank, Conyers Inquire Into Impeachment of 'Senior White House Officials'

By Brad Blog

Letter Sent to 'Neutral Legal Authority' at Library of Congress for Clarification of Constitutional Impeachment Clause

Congressmen Express Belief that Clause 'Clearly Applies to High-Ranking Officials!'

The BRAD BLOG has learned that Congressmen John Conyers (D-MI) and Barney Frank (D-MA) have inquired with officials at the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service this afternoon into whether impeachment proceedings would be appropriate for Senior White House Officials.

The release of the letter was accompanied by a press release from the office of the ranking minority House Judiciary Committee member, John Conyers. In the letter, the two congressmen seek clarification from "a neutral authority" of whether the U.S. Constitutions Article II regarding impeachment of a sitting President and Vice-President would also apply to Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove who is currently embroiled in the on-going criminal investigation into who leaked the classified information concerning covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame.

Editorial: Dump Rove / The investigation moves closer to the president

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As the Valerie Plame case becomes increasingly the Karl Rove case, and as the rising water of it begins to lap closer to President Bush, there are several truths about this matter that are worth keeping in mind.

1. In the very beginning Mr. Bush said that it was unlikely that the leaker would ever be found. There is every reason to believe that he would then have taken steps to make that true.

2. It is now clear that presidential adviser Karl Rove did discuss Valerie Plame with reporters, however those discussions are now being described or construed. Mr. Bush said he would fire anyone in the White House who did that.

Rove Knew Her Name and Leaked Her Name

By American Progress Action Fund

In August 2004, Karl Rove told CNN, "I didn't know her name and didn't leak her name." The New York Times reveals this morning that Rove was not truthful on both counts. According to the Times, "Mr. Rove has told investigators that he learned from the columnist [Robert Novak] the name of the C.I.A. officer" and confirmed that she was employed at the CIA. Rove told Novak upon hearing of Plame's identity and occupation, "I heard that, too." The growing scandal that President Bush has called "a very serious matter," a matter which has forced him and his vice president to be interviewed by a federal prosecutor, is now forcing the White House to deal with a major credibility problem over unanswered questions. The New York Times writes, "The disclosure of Mr. Rove's conversation with Mr. Novak raises a question the White House has never addressed: whether Mr. Rove ever discussed that conversation, or his exchange with [Time magazine reporter Matt] Cooper, with the president." The credibility of the entire Bush White House is at stake, and it's time for them to stop playing politics and address the issue candidly.

Sidney Blumenthal vs. Norman Solomon on Karl Rove, the Democrats and Iraq

By Democracy Now!

Sidney Blumenthal, a former assistant and senior advisor to President Clinton, takes on Norman Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy and author of "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" on Iraq, the Democrats, the invasion of Iraq and much more.

Sidney Blumenthal, a former assistant and senior advisor to President Clinton and author of "The Clinton Wars." His latest article is "Rove's War" on Salon.com.

Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy in San Francisco and the co-founder of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). He latest book, just published, is "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death."

Rove-gate: Who Leaked to the Leakers?

This isn't about Karl Rove
By Justin Raimondo
AntiWar.com

What if Karl Rove isn't guilty of knowingly leaking Valerie Plame's name as a covert CIA agent involved in nuclear proliferation issues? What if Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, is correct when he says that he's been assured by prosecutors that his client is not a target of the ongoing investigation into Plame-gate? I'm going to swim against the tide, here, and against the expectations of my readers, by suggesting that this investigation isn't about Rove – and, furthermore, that Rove is a victim, in an important sense, someone who was used and abused by the real culprits. And who are these mysterious culprits? We'll get to that in a moment, but first some background…

Rove May Have Lied to Federal Agents

Report Shows Karl Rove May Have Lied to Federal Agents, a Federal Crime, During Oct 2003 Testimony Into CIA Agent Leak
July 14, 2005
By Jason Leopold
http://www.opednews.com

Looks like Karl Rove did break the law, the same federal law that got Martha Stewart sentenced to six months in prison.

It now appears that Rove, President Bush’s chief of staff, may have lied to the FBI in October 2003—a federal crime—when he was questioned by federal agents investigating who was responsible for leaking information about a covert CIA operative to the media.

During questioning by the FBI about his role in the Plame affair, Rove told federal agents that he only started sharing information about Plame with reporters and White House officials for the first time after conservative columnist Robert Novak identified her covert CIA status in his column on July 14, 2003, according to a report in the American Prospect about Rove’s testimony in March 2004, a copy of which can be found at http://www.prospect.org/print-friendly/webfeatures/2004/03/waas-m-03-08....

The Karl Rove Scandal and Bush’s Drive for War with Iraq

Political Affairs Magazine
By Joel Wendland

It’s all very exciting. Just days ago, word came out that White House aid and President Bush’s close friend, Karl Rove, leaked classified information to the press about the identity of an undercover CIA agent.

When the story broke last year, that someone from the White House may have been the source of the leak, Bush promised to fire the culprit. Earlier this week, when it became clear that Rove was the culprit, rather than keeping his word, Bush kept mum. He also refused to express confidence in Rove, an admission that something serious is going down.

AP: Rove learned CIA agent's name from Novak

By JOHN SOLOMON
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Chief presidential adviser Karl Rove testified to a grand jury that he talked with two journalists before they divulged the identity of an undercover CIA officer but that he originally learned about the operative from the news media and not government sources, according to a person briefed on the testimony.

The person, who works in the legal profession and spoke only on condition of anonymity because of grand jury secrecy, told The Associated Press that Rove testified last year that he remembers specifically being told by columnist Robert Novak that Valerie Plame, the wife of a harsh Iraq war critic, worked for the CIA.

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