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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:27 PM
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Congressman John Conyers Writes a Letter to Karl Rove
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative John Conyers, Jr., the Ranking Member, on the House Judiciary Committee sent the following letter to Senior White House Advisor, Karl Rove, asking for his resignation:

October 7, 2003

Dear Mr. Rove:

I write to ask you to resign from the White House staff. Recent press reports have indicated that, while you may or may not have been the source of the Robert Novak column which revealed the status and name of a covert operative, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, you were involved in a subsequent effort to push this classified information to other reporters and give it even wider currency. This itself may be a federal crime, but regardless of that fact, your actions are morally indefensible.

In my view, it is shameful and unethical that an Administration that promised to govern with "honor and integrity" and "change the tone" in Washington has now engaged in an orchestrated campaign to smear and intimidate truth-telling critics, placing them in possible physical harm and impairing the efforts and operations of the CIA.

Recent reports indicate that you told the journalist, Chris Matthews, and perhaps others, that Mr. Wilson's wife and her undercover status were "fair game." Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Oct. 13, 2003. Since these initial allegations have arisen, neither the White House nor your office have denied your involvement in furthering the leak.

For the rest....

http://www.buzzflash.com/buzzscripts/buzz.dll/sub3
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Cush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:29 PM
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1. Go John!
Hmm, wonder if he knows anything?
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Metatron Donating Member (877 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:35 PM
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2. He was just on C-SPAN
there are three Dem Reps. giving some wonderful speeches right now - it is quite uplifting
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Say_What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:58 AM
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14. please fill us in...
Thanks :-)
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:35 PM
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3. It's incredible that it has come to this.
And there is more to come, my droogies...
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Pallas180 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:37 PM
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4. You know it was Rove when chimpie says"we may never know who it was"-
COVER UP! RECALL also known as impeachment..
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:19 PM
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5. But the Old Republic is dead, and blowing the lid off an Imperial coverup
is not quite the same as a pResidential coverup.

And where oh where in the whipped-dog Corporate TV Pravda or Democrats would you find anyone to do that anyway.

Plus, they'd wind up crashed in an airplane or with a car rolled over them before they were finished.

Those days when such things were possible are over, my friend.

Over.
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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 12:33 AM
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6. The community of conscience and understanding
Nicely put, Tom.

The good fight will go on. But we fight under different circumstances, against a triumphant enemy, in a changed nation, with so much looted tradition lying bare around us.

Maybe we'll get our Republic back from the thugs some day. Maybe we won't.

You can be sad and yet still fight.

We can be glad at least for the company of what Edward Said (who knew something about resistance beyond the point of heartbreak) unforgettably called "the community of conscience and understanding."

That's what we have left now - that's our hope.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 06:40 PM
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19. Well.............so are we just all gonna stand around and watch????
The challange is on.......

You're either with us or against us!!!!!
(taken from the master himself)
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 01:14 AM
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7. Conyers is as weak as *iss
Is this the best he can do?

It's like Bush has everybody roped to a tree.We are living through the biggest swindle in the history of the world and all he can muster up is a polite letter???
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LEW Donating Member (809 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 02:27 AM
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8. The best maybe not, but......
a start yes!!!!! This is not over by a long shot, and this is one of the first volleys. Go Dems...

B-)
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:10 AM
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11. When you have no real power
this is about the best you can do....

This is actually a way to give the Bush Administratin Political Halitosis and keep the story in the news.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 08:04 AM
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9. I disagree
This is the way you start things like resignations and impeachments. I think John is right on the mark. He needs to make sure his letter runs in every major newspaper in the country.
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lovedems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:26 AM
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13. and
Pressure is coming from many different angles. It is not enough for this administration to hear "independent counsel". Maybe, just maybe, if enough voice start demanding resignations, and independent counsel would look more appealing. Who knows!?!
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lovedems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:19 AM
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12. It is the first time I have seen a politician asking for a resignation
from any of the senior administration officials. He is just laying the ground work and opening the door for others to start demanding the same. I say GREAT JOB and hope that other infulential voices start hammering this administration with the same tone!

Honor and Integrity? Yeeaahh Riiight...
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:02 AM
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10. Go John!
AS an opening salvo, this letter works. Say it another way: This is the Judiciary Committee putting the White House on notice.

This issue is just getting started folks.
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Say_What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 10:01 AM
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15. this fine man is always so eloquent--the type of pol we don't see much
of anymore, he has character and stands on principle.

From the article:

Larger than whether any one statute can be read to find criminal responsibility is the issue of whether officials of your stature will be allowed to use their influence to intimidate whistle-blowers.
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govegan Donating Member (661 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 03:01 PM
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16. Nicely ties this situation to the Nixon Administration, too.

Over three decades ago, our nation was scarred by an Administration that would stop at nothing to smear and intimidate its critics.


"Our nation was scarred..."

What are you doing to our nation, dude?

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myomy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:24 PM
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17. We need a whole bunch more like Conyers. Hats off to him.
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 06:25 PM
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18. Hear, hear!
Good on ya, John!!!
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