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Pelosi Demands No Pardons

News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

House Leaders to President Bush: Uphold the Rule of Law, Do Not Misuse the Public Trust

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Democratic Caucus Chair Robert Menendez, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair James E. Clyburn sent a letter to President Bush today, urging him not to give special treatment to anyone under investigation regarding the CIA leak case.

The text of the letter is below:

November 8, 2005

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

At the heart of the criminal indictment of I. Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Cheney, are indications of a serious and reckless disregard for the public trust. We write to you today to request you make efforts to restore this public trust, with a pledge to the American people that no one under investigation in connection with the misuse of classified information involving the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame will receive special treatment from the White House during the course of the investigation.

Specifically, we urge you to pledge that you will not use your ability to issue a Presidential pardon to any person prosecuted for, or convicted of, a crime in connection with the disclosure of Ms. Plame's association with the CIA. Anything less is a misuse of the public trust.

Under our system of law, all are innocent until proven guilty. But another fundamental tenet is that of equal treatment under the law. It is only by allowing the special prosecutor's essential investigations to continue without interference, and abiding by the results of any legal determinations based on the facts of those investigations, that we can reassure the American people that the White House officials are not above the law.

Perjury and obstruction of justice are serious crimes. The allegation that civil servants, working for the highest offices in our country, abused the public trust is a black mark upon your Administration. We ask that you uphold the rule of law by making clear that no one who has been charged, or is being investigated in the Plame matter, will be pardoned.

We look forward to your earliest response on this vital matter.


Nancy Pelosi
House Democratic Leader

Steny Hoyer
Democratic Whip

Robert Menendez
House Democratic Caucus, Chair

James E. Clyburn
House Democratic Caucus, Vice Chair


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it'd sure be nice to believe that the congress and the senate would have enough power to FORCE THE CORRUPT WAR CRIMINAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE not to pardon his henchmen in crime, as his last act before he leaves office, but this is a pipedream and not reality. You figure the odds that any of these TREASONOUS PILES OF FILTH who are directly or indirectly responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, the TORTURE of ordinary Iraqi citizens, and the deaths of more than 2040 american soldiers who were sent off to fight a war which was authorized by a whole gaggle of ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS who sat on their haunches and let him take this nation into a war that it is losing and digging a very deep and irrevocably HUGE DEBT HOLE with at the same time to CHINA, who's holding a grunch of the paper/notes that allow them to finance the murder. Naw, neither congress nor the senate has enough power to overthrow the regime that is taking this nation down the road to perdition and ruin. I'll believe it when they're all frog marched into Leavenworth and then locked up and the key's thrown away, but this will not happen. Bush will pardon every single accomplice!!!

If he can work it , Bolton will stop American war crimes trial


It's been crystal clear for a long time that this "president" and his handlers don't give a rat's ass about anything that does not benefit them directly. They did not seek office to serve the people of this country. They sought office to serve their own grand fascist PNAC fantasy.

Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney are two of the major PNAC players. Dubya is their puppet. To think that he wouldn't try to keep his masters from going to the big house is laughable.

Considering the downward spiral of their approval ratings (Bush at 35% and Cheney in the teens), at least some repugs must be coming to the realization that sticking with these common criminals is frighteningly real political suicide. If they want any shot at keeping their majority on the hill next year, they better start throwing around the I word.

But perhaps we shouldn't hold our breath waitng for that either.

John Perry

Impeach Bush, and the rest of the stinking Cabal, and we automatically eliminate that possibility of Presidential Pardons.
The Democratic gubernatorial victories in New Jersey and Virginia augur well for a potential Democratic sweep of the Senate in 2006, which is the necessary pre-condition for a viable Impeachment Movement. Let's do it!

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