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GOP bars release of Plame files, war memos


GOP bars release of Plame files, war memos
By Liz Sidoti
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — House Republicans derailed Democratic attempts yesterday to force the Bush administration to surrender documents on prewar intelligence and the disclosure of a covert CIA operative's identity.

Democrats have introduced several "resolutions of inquiry" to compel President Bush and members of his Cabinet to release all information relating to communications with British officials before the invasion of Iraq and the Valerie Plame case.

The White House has taken heat since the disclosure this year of the "Downing Street memos," British documents that suggest the Bush administration had made up its mind by 2002 to invade Iraq. Administration officials also have been interviewed by a special prosecutor in his quest to determine who leaked Plame's identity to reporters.

Largely along party lines, the House International Relations Committee unfavorably reported two of the resolutions on Iraq and one resolution on Plame. Earlier, the House Judiciary Committee unfavorably reported a similar Plame resolution.

Under House rules, the committees had to act on the resolutions within 14 legislative days of the their introduction. If not, sponsors could have forced a full House vote.
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Does this mean that there are serious reservations about the efficacy of the ongoing investigation by Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor appointed by the DoJ? Or is it just political grandstanding for effect?

Fitzgerald is looking at the case from a criminal perspective only (including, hopefully, any obstruction of justice). Democratic members of Congress are concerned about the political integrity of those involved. In otherwords, Rove&Co maybe not have committed a crime but that doesn't necessarily mean their behaviour is acceptable for our representives in government.

on conspiracy to commit pre-meditated mass murder and also racketeering for foreign oil>
Motive and proof is all there.

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