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Waxman Asks to Have Rove Testify Under Oath

The Honorable Tom Davis
Committee on Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I am writing regarding recent reports that provide new details about the involvement of Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff, in the disclosure of Valerie Plame's identity as an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency.

An article in the Washington Post [1] this morning and recent disclosures in Newsweek and other reports [2] are extraordinary. If true, they indicate that the President's top political advisor played a central role in the outing of a covert CIA agent. According to the Washington Post account, Mr. Rove's attorney insists that Mr. Rove did not identify Ms. Plame "by name." But Mr. Rove did identify her as the spouse of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, which would seem to be a distinction without a difference.

The new disclosures also raise issues about whether Mr. Rove acted alone or whether there was a conspiracy with other White House staff to use classified information for the political purpose of discrediting Ambassador Wilson.

I first wrote to you to request a hearing about this matter on September 29, 2003, and I renewed my request in a second letter on December 11, 2003. During this period, we met with Ambassador Wilson, but you turned down my request for a hearing because you wanted to see what the investigation of Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald would uncover.

The recent disclosures about Mr. Rove's actions have such serious implications that we can no longer responsibly ignore them. The intentional disclosure of a covert CIA agent's identity would be an act of treason. If there were evidence of such a serious breach during the Clinton Administration, there is no doubt that our Committee would have immediately demanded that the Deputy Chief of Staff testify at a hearing. This would have been the right course of action then, and it is the right course now. For this reason, I am renewing my request that the Committee schedule an immediate hearing at which Mr. Rove is called to testify.

A congressional hearing at which Mr. Rove testifies under oath remains the simplest and most effective means for Congress and the public to learn the truth about this disgraceful incident.

Henry A. Waxman
Ranking Minority Member


[1] Rove Told Reporter of Plame's Role But Didn't Name Her, Attorney Says, Washington Post (July 11, 2005).

[2] The Rove Factor?, Newsweek (July 11, 2005); Top Bush Adviser Revealed As Source, Financial Times (July 11, 2005); Cooper Email Identifies Rove As a Source, Wall Street Journal (July 11, 2005).


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Give em hell Waxman!!


Bravo Mr. Waxman. I just called Mr. Davis' Comittee on Govt. Reform and spoke with a very nice young woman who told me the letter is under review and will be answered soon. Rep. Davis' comittee on Govt.Reform is @202-225-5074 ,his office is @ 202-225-1492 maybe a few calls will help to move it along, I added that my son is heading back to Iraq for tour #2 and he and many of his buddies there are Liberals and I am insulted by Karl Rove's comments and actions regarding people trying to make America safer.

A great big thank you to Henry A. Waxman. I will be contacting his office to thank him shortly.





Go get them HENRY!

And in the mean time, wake up the rest of the dems!


The dam is beginning to break. The White Press Corps(e) is even getting up enough nerve to ask about Rove. It won't be long now.

I'm encouraged,too-but don't get complacent! we tend to surround ourselves with the news sources, friends,etc.that reflect our own beliefs-and yes,our voices are getting louder! but don't forget that there are still HUGE numbers of people who are willfully blind to the truth-note Ariana Huffington's stats elsewhere on this site showing that FOX news has a greater audience than the next three combined- and we all know what its like trying to get through to THEM!(read:FUTILE) so know that while we are making progress, its still an uphill battle and a longshot,at that. KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT! seems to good to be true.

We owe so much to people like Maxine Waters, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, John Conyers, Barbara Boxer, Henry Waxman, Greg Palast, John Pilger, and Michael Moore. There were those who struggled bravely from within Nazi Germany to shift their government away from it's horrific course. They did not succeed. Hopefully our story will be different. This mass murdering, never-elected cabal needs to be brought to justice. Maybe we're seeing the beginning of their end, and our national restoration.

Yes! amazing courage on their parts-it really takes guts to stand up to this bullying administration! (Don't forget DAVID SWANSON's name on your list! thank you Dave!)

How do we get some republicans on board to start questioning the lack of integrity in this liehouse (aka whitehouse?)

Go Waxman and Conyers.

The voices of America!

An argument I've come across recently, probably on this forum,
is to make the argument that they have sworn to uphold the
US CONSTITUTION and NOT blind obedience to the President and
the NEO CON "Project for a New American Century."

Just like the NEO CONS made the Democrats after Carter turn their backs on the poor Liberal Pot Smokers and Hippies. . .
(sorry, Democrat dudes, but you sold us out back then)

Let's put the Republicans in the public spotlight and say,
"Do you support the US Constitution or a Criminally Corrupt Administration?"

These guys, like the Democrats in 1980, will want to keep there
jobs and "Good Status" in their communitites. They will bale
on these guys the same way the Republicans baled on Nixon when
the tapes finally got played. . .

Truth has a funny way of rising to the surface sooner or later. This administration will be judged harshly by history, but it is poetic justice that the first to fall is Karl Rove, the person most responsible for the disastrous direction our country has taken. What will Bush do without his brain?

Great point! I really believe that without Rove,Gillespie,Hughes et al,this regime would fall apart quickly and completely!

"The intentional disclosure of a covert CIA agent's identity would be an act of treason."

Couldn't a person (or persons) that has committed an act of treason against the United States be rightfully considered an enemy of the United States.

Wouldn't a person who gives aid and comfort to him/her/them be committing an act of treason as well?

Article III, Section 3 - Treason

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

You guys all learn to whistle for when the balloon goes up. Whistle and stare out the window.

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