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Democrats' letter: Rove must explain role in CIA outing or resign


The following letter, drafted by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), was issued to other House Democrats for signature this afternoon, and obtained by RAW STORY.

Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, calls on Bush adviser Karl Rove to explain his role in the outing of a CIA agent or resign his office.

"We write in order to urge that you require your Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, to either come forward immediately to explain his role in the Valerie Plame matter or to resign from your Administration," the veteran Democrat writes. "High-ranking members of your Administration who are involved in any effort to smear a private citizen or to disseminate information regarding a CIA operative should be expected to meet a far higher standard of ethical behavior and forthrightness."

The letter follows.


July 7, 2005

The President
The White House
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

We write in order to urge that you require your Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, to either come forward immediately to explain his role in the Valerie Plame matter or to resign from your Administration.

Notwithstanding whether Mr. Rove intentionally violated the law in leaking information concerning former CIA operative Valerie Plame, we believe it is not tenable to maintain Mr. Rove as one of your most important advisors unless he is willing to explain his central role in using the power and authority of your Administration to disseminate information regarding Ms. Plame and to undermine her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

We now know that e-mails recently turned over by Time, Inc. between writer Matthew Cooper and Time editors reveal that one of Mr. Cooper’s principal sources in the Plame matter was Mr. Rove. This has been confirmed by Newsweek and two lawyers representing witnesses involved in the investigation. Mr. Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, also has confirmed that Mr. Rove was interviewed by Mr. Cooper in connection with a possible article about Ms. Plame three or four days before Robert Novak wrote a column outing Ms. Plame as a CIA operative.

We also know that Mr. Rove told Chris Matthews that Ambassador Wilson’s wife and her undercover status were “fair game.


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We American's have had drunks,slave holder's and sex addict's for our President.This is a first a TRAITOR!

Yeah! Put him where he belongs...along with rest of the lot. We've got to get rid of them all (picture: President Cheney -- Ouch!)

They can all go at once...theoretically speaking.

It is time for the American People to start thinking of Impeachment.Mr Bush and cabinet have lied us into a unjust,unholy and illegal war.We have debt to the tune of 40,000 dollars for each one of us and rising.It now seems that Karl Rove was the leaker who outed Mr Wilson's wife.It also blew our cover story around the world.Now it will be much harder to get info on WMD.Its time to Impeach the whole traitorous lot of them!!!WE DESERVE BETTER.

Your term "unholy" war has a tremendous impact on me... that term is more accurate than illegal war. An "unholy" war transcends any legal technicalities. "UN-holy war" accurately describes an evil war maliciously contrived for the love of money, totally against God and humanity, totally for greed.

To "The World", At long last credulous Americans seem to be starting to recognize that the CHICKEN HAWKS who gained control of our country by fraud, deception, and outright criminality, should be thrown out to get rid of the stink of corruption. Bums like Cheney, Bush, and Rove never saw one day of combat, yet they presume to send others to die in order to make them and their wealthy-class buddies even richer by feeding on the natural resources and labor of third=world peoples. They are nothing but ghouls and vampires sucking the economies and the lifeblood of our nation as well as that of the third world!

Our Founding Fathers must be smiling down on you, Mr. Conyers. You are certainly made of the same stuff that they were.

Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you, again and again. Thank you for speaking Truth to Power -- and demanding Truth from Power!

We need millions to learn the truth and they're not hearing it! All aspects of their corruption should be in the public face daily. Too many soaps and false news stories.

Mr. Conyers,

For many years I have considered you a true hero, and a national treasure. Thank you.

I am wondering why the subject of security clearances hasn't been discussed. Isn't a person in Karl Rove's position required to have the highest clearance?

let's send them all to gitmo , such a nice resort area .

What else can the people of our beleagerd country expect of an administration which seized office by voting fraud and criminal behavior, and continually lies, lies, and lies? Read John Perlins' "Cofessions of an Economic Hitman". It'll confirm what you already know but don't want to believe (who would?) about the way things work in this country, and for whose benefit.

Let Karl Rove resign.

I am very much for impeachment of President Bush, who has lied to his fellow Aamericans and for pure arrogance has led them into a disastrous war which has sacrificed many of our young service persons and many thousands of innocent Iraqis. This is a National Disgrace.

I am surprised that there is no more outrage in our Nation over this travesty of all we hold dear.

A concerned citizen

Resign? Where's the accountibility in that? Fire him!

The Downing STreet Memos reveal the truth about George Bush's presidency--one based on manipulating the American public with outright lies designed by the villainous brain of Karl Rove. Bush & Cheney should be impeached and jailed for these lies and the murder of soliders in this sensless war which economically lines their pockets. Karl Rove should also be jailed for his masterminding these crimes.

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