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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).
Conyers stated: "in light of today's revelation that Karl Rove served as a source for Robert Novak in his column outing Ms. Plame, it is becoming increasingly clear that a full and complete explanation should be demanded of Mr. Rove as well as an understanding of what the President knew and when he knew it. As we wage a war against terror, it is simply not tenable for the President's top advisor to be disclosing the names of CIA operatives as part of a political smear campaign. If Rove is willing to spin this issue with the press, as today's stories indicate, he ought to be willing to speak frankly about his involvement in this scandal to the American people."
In addition, Rep. Conyers released a letter (PDF) to House Judiciary Chairman Sensenbrenner signed by 13 Democratic Members of the Committee asking for immediate hearings on the growing Rove controversy and issued a media advisory (PDF) announcing nationwide town hall meetings on the Downing Street and Rovegate controversies next weekend (please click on the link below to view the letter to Sensenbrenner and the Town Hall Meeting advisory).