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Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Congress Must Investigate Leak of CIA Agent's Identity


Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Congress Must Investigate Leak of CIA Agent's Identity

Distribution Source : U.S. Newswire

Date : Friday, July 15, 2005

To: National Desk

Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Web: http://democraticleader.house.gov

WASHINGTON, July 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Democratic Caucus Chairman Robert Menendez, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman James E. Clyburn sent a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert today calling on him to direct House committees to immediately schedule hearings into the White House's involvement in leaking the identity of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame.

The text of the letter follows:

July 15, 2005

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert

Speaker

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

Recent revelations that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was involved in the disclosure of classified information regarding the identity of CIA covert agent Valerie Plame raise serious questions that we believe the House of Representatives has a duty to investigate.

It has been two years since Ms. Plame's status as a clandestine service officer was revealed in a Robert Novak column. For obvious reasons dealing with the safety of covert agents and their network of sources, unauthorized disclosures of the identities of CIA agents are among the most serious of national security breaches. This fact alone should have spurred House committees into action and hearings should have been convened to take testimony under oath.

If that had been done, and if appropriate sanctions had been placed on those identified as having acted wrongly, the American people could have been assured that anyone who disclosed classified information was no longer in the employ of the federal government. Regrettably, none of that happened.

We urge you to direct that committees with jurisdiction over the Plame matter schedule hearings immediately. In previous Republican Congresses the fact that a criminal investigation was underway did not prevent extensive hearings from being held on other, much less significant matters.

The House has neglected its oversight responsibilities on many crucial issues related to the war in Iraq, including the justification for going into war, the lack of proper equipment for our troops, and the abuses at Abu Ghraib. The list goes on. We cannot continue to be derelict on the Plame matter as well.

The American people deserve the truth about who in the White House recklessly endangered our national security by disclosing classified information. We want to work with you to restore the reputation of the House for vigorous oversight of activities in the executive branch and, especially given the revelations about Mr. Rove, believe the disclosure of Ms. Plame's CIA status is an excellent place to start.

Thank you for your consideration of our views. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Whip

Robert Menendez, House Democratic Caucus Chairman

James E. Clyburn, House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman

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I want the investgators to find the truth about Carl Rove and the disclosure of the CIA agent. All I see on TV is the republicans blaming the democrats for pursuing this matter when they are the ones at fault for trying to cover up this mess. This is not among red and blue states, this is the mess they created themselves and uncovering it will probably produce more wrongdoing as the basis for this war. They are doing everything possible to minimize this problem, but the public wants answers and the truth in the open.
Americans need to know now.

We should avoid getting caught up in the legalise spin coming from the RNC and Republicans.

We need a unified public message like

"Senior White House officials who can't refrain from talking about CIA employees need to be fired. Its a complete lack of discretion and its improper conduct."

Have a short unified message and hammer it home to the public.

Remember, these people are our public servants and must answer to we, the people, their employers. No one would put up with this behavior from a servant in one's home and should not accept it in our government's home, i.e., the Whitehouse. We are entitled to transparancy in government dealings and demand an accounting.

The outing of an undercover agent (Plame) is a threat to our national security. It's time for a full investigation into this matter and to hold Karl Rove accountable for his participation in this matter.

The outing of an undercover agent (Plame) is a threat to our national security. It's time for a full investigation into this matter and to hold Karl Rove accountable for his participation in this matter.

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