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MoveOnPAC to Bush: Keep your promise; Fire Karl Rove
MoveOnPAC ^ | July 12, 2005 | Eli Pariser

Posted on 07/12/2005 11:33:39 AM PDT by RobFromGa

Dear MoveOn member, On Sunday, Newsweek magazine revealed that Karl Rove, the President's key political advisor, was responsible for disclosing the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame.1 Rove's lawyer has confirmed that he was involved.2

Last year, President Bush promised that anyone at the White House involved in the leak would be fired.3 We believe that the President should stick to his word. That's why we're calling on him to fire Karl Rove.

Valerie Plame was an operative working on stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction—the most important beat at the CIA and one of the most important jobs in the country.4 Rove revealed her identity and destroyed her network of connections to settle a political score. He weakened America's national security. For that alone, he deserves to be fired.

But as it turns out, that's also the White House's official position. Press Secretary Scott McClellan told the press in September of 2003, when the story first broke, that anyone at the White House who was involved would be fired "at a minimum."5 And when asked on June 10th, 2004, if he would "stand by your pledge to fire anyone found" to have leaked the agent's name, President Bush responded, simply, "Yes."6

Of course, in the past the White House has strenuously denied that Rove had anything to do with it. In 2003, McClellan said that he'd asked Rove if he was involved, and Rove had said he wasn't.7 "The president knows that Karl Rove wasn't involved."8 "I've made it very clear, he was not involved, that there's no truth to the suggestion that he was."9 Asked again if Rove was involved, McClellan responded, "That's just totally ridiculous."10

So what did McClellan have to say about the clear discrepancies between what the President Bush and he had said in 2003 and what Newsweek reported on Sunday? Nothing. Here's an excerpt from the transcript:

Q: Do you want to retract your statement that Rove, Karl Rove, was not involved in the Valerie Plame expose?

A: I appreciate the question. This is an ongoing investigation at this point. The president directed the White House to cooperate fully with the investigation, and as part of cooperating fully with the investigation, that means we're not going to be commenting on it while it is ongoing.

Q: But Rove has apparently commented, through his lawyer, that he was definitely involved.

A: You're asking me to comment on an ongoing investigation.

Q: I'm saying, why did you stand there and say he was not involved?

A: Again, while there is an ongoing investigation, I'm not going to be commenting on it nor is ... .

Q: Any remorse?11

It's worth noting that both Bush and McClellan have commented on the case repeatedly since 2003.12

Republicans claim that the furor over this case is just politics as usual. But what Rove did has serious ramifications. Here's the story in a nutshell: In 2002, former Ambassador Joe Wilson was sent by the CIA to investigate rumors that Saddam Hussein had attempted to purchase uranium from Niger. Wilson found nothing, and wrote about it in a New York Times op-ed column on July 6, 2003 after President Bush used the claim as part of the case for war. Wilson was married to Valerie Plame, an undercover operative, who was revealed shortly thereafter by conservative columnist Robert Novak. Novak cited "senior administration officials" as his source that Plame was an operative.13

Why out Plame? While we don't know the full story, there are a couple of reasons to do so: to exact revenge on Wilson for refusing to toe the Administration line, and to send a message to would-be whistle-blowers that they should keep their mouths shut.

In any case, Plame's work was important, and by exposing her identity, the leaker destroyed ten years of covert relationship-building and could have jeopardized the lives of other covert agents in the field. At best, it was recklessly irresponsible; at worst, it was malicious; and either way, the leaker undermined our national security.

That's why we, like the President, believe it's time to fire anyone who was involved with the leaking of Plame's name. And now we know that means firing Karl Rove.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: cialeak; moveon; plame; rove; wilson

1 posted on 07/12/2005 11:33:39 AM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa

Did Rove break the law? If not STFU and moveon


2 posted on 07/12/2005 11:35:44 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: RobFromGa

Moonbats.


3 posted on 07/12/2005 11:36:02 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: RobFromGa

I could be wrong, but the only thing Bush promised was that anyone leaking at the White House would be "dealt with". I figure Rove deserves a pat on the back, so maybe that is how Bush "deals" with it!


4 posted on 07/12/2005 11:36:39 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: RobFromGa

I find it touching that the communists have finally found a "CIA agent" they want to cuddle.


5 posted on 07/12/2005 11:37:08 AM PDT by Argus
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To: TommyDale

The Judge already made it clear that Rove was not involved.

Wilson, Now him I'd like to see in jail. That reporter won't tell who her source was, because it's a democrat!


6 posted on 07/12/2005 11:38:46 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: RobFromGa
Last year, President Bush promised that anyone at the White House involved in the leak would be fired

This is a lie. here si the actual quote.

11 February 2004: George W. Bush insists, "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is...If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of. I welcome the investigation. I am absolutely confident the Justice Department will do a good job. I want to know the truth...Leaks of classified information are bad things."

7 posted on 07/12/2005 11:39:31 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: TommyDale
I could be wrong, but the only thing Bush promised was that anyone leaking at the White House would be "dealt with".

You are somewhat wrong. Bush said anyone leaking AND found to broke the law would be dealt with. Of course when is MoveOn ever honest.

8 posted on 07/12/2005 11:40:38 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Argus
"I find it touching that the communists have finally found a "CIA agent" they want to cuddle."
best quote of the day :)
9 posted on 07/12/2005 11:41:05 AM PDT by Toidylop
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To: Echo Talon

A CNN reporter this very morning reported on this business. The reporter stated at the very end of her report that there was no conclusive evidence that Rove had broken any law. [I couldn't believe it.]


10 posted on 07/12/2005 11:41:41 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: RobFromGa

Hey, moveon idiots -
Please hold your breath while waiting for Bush to fire Rove. Pretty, pretty, pretty-please?...


11 posted on 07/12/2005 11:42:44 AM PDT by LibSnubber (liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: Clara Lou

Rove didn't break the law. Remember the libs a couple weeks ago going after Rove for calling them out for their response to 9/11? Same thing.


12 posted on 07/12/2005 11:44:41 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: TommyDale

Actually what Bush said was "If anybody in my administration has broken the law, they will be dealt with."
As usual the Democrats are twisting words to make their demands look reasonable.
Rove has not been convicted of breaking any law, and Bush has not defined "dealt with".


13 posted on 07/12/2005 11:48:06 AM PDT by Wiser now (A bitter, sour old woman is the crowning work of the devil.)
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To: Wiser now

I'm surprised libs know which color light you're supposed to stop at. Keep movingon, moveon. THere's nothing to see here.


14 posted on 07/12/2005 11:51:47 AM PDT by jw777
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To: Echo Talon
Of course, he didn't break a law. For one thing, Carl Rove is too smart to do something like that. The Democrat machine is just busy trying to make headlines and political hay out of unfounded allegations. Why isn't anyone but Limbaugh asking why the other reporter is in jail if Rove is the source?
15 posted on 07/12/2005 11:53:35 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: RobFromGa

One thing is incresingly clear - The liberal loonies don't care about national security, the CIA, Ms. Plame, or the USA and American people.

All they are concerned with is 'getting Bush' and disrupting the administration any way they can.

Screw every last one of them.


16 posted on 07/12/2005 12:03:23 PM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: RobFromGa

Didn't "moveon.com" promise to "go to hades" if GWB won in 2004?

Until they keep THAT promise -- their views are tainted...


17 posted on 07/12/2005 12:07:43 PM PDT by pfony1
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To: RobFromGa

Hey BOWELMOVEMENT-ON.Org...mind your own business! Fire Sorry-os!


18 posted on 07/12/2005 12:08:05 PM PDT by meandog (FOR LURKING DUers)
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To: RobFromGa

Moveon.org. Another George Soros and puppets, Hillary and Bill Clinton production.


19 posted on 07/12/2005 12:08:38 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: RobFromGa
To MoveOnPac(buttholes) KEEP YOUR FREAKING PROMISE AND LEAVE THE USA like you told us if W would get elected again!!!
20 posted on 07/12/2005 12:12:09 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RobFromGa

Well, good grief.

When one has one's head up one's rearend, one can't see - now, can one?


21 posted on 07/12/2005 12:13:10 PM PDT by peacebaby
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To: Clara Lou
A CNN reporter this very morning reported on this business. The reporter stated at the very end of her report that there was no conclusive evidence that Rove had broken any law. [I couldn't believe it.]

Well, there goes her career prospects at CNN -- right down the tubes.

22 posted on 07/12/2005 12:16:58 PM PDT by Bob
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To: RobFromGa

They are just desperate. This is their one chance at a Bush scandal. They'll be even more insane when this doesn't pan out.


23 posted on 07/12/2005 12:18:33 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: RobFromGa

"Last year, President Bush promised that anyone at the White House involved in the leak would be fired. We believe that the President should stick to his word. That's why we're calling on him to fire Karl Rove."

Call all you want, you doorknobs. There's a little process we like to use in cases like this...it's called "innocent until PROVEN guilty."

If you idiots weren't so busy blowing your noses in The Constitution and the Bill of Rights as a hobby, you might have read of that along the way. *Rolleyes*


24 posted on 07/12/2005 12:39:08 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: RobFromGa

Remember that Soros said "I shall go into some kind of monastery" if Bush won. I will trade Rove to see Soros gone.


25 posted on 07/12/2005 12:42:29 PM PDT by Soliton (Alone with everyone else.)
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To: RobFromGa
On Sunday, Newsweek magazine revealed that Karl Rove, the President's key political advisor, was responsible for disclosing the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Not what Newsweek said.

Rove's lawyer has confirmed that he was involved.

Not what his lawyer said either.

But I'm not surprised that moveon is up to this sort of thing.

26 posted on 07/12/2005 1:00:04 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: RobFromGa

President Bush said if anyone in his administration broke the law.

As I understand it, Rove didn't break any laws. Seems like the "This is your brain on drugs crowd" can't seem to comprehend the English language. Go figure LOL!!

No laws broken, no one gets fired LOL!!


27 posted on 07/12/2005 1:12:24 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Baseball Apple Pie And Mom")
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To: GloriaJane

"President Bush said if anyone in his administration broke the law."

Wasn't Rove just a political consultant at the time of this controversy?

He joined the admin after the election.


28 posted on 07/12/2005 1:29:14 PM PDT by nairBResal
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To: RobFromGa
Here is the actual question and answer without Klever Kwotes:

Q You continue to talk about the severity of this and if anyone has any information they should go forward to the Justice Department. But can you tell us, since it's so severe, would someone or a group of persons, lose their job in the White House --

MR. McCLELLAN: At a minimum.

29 posted on 07/12/2005 1:30:40 PM PDT by AmishDude (Once you go black hat, you never go back.)
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To: nairBResal

I couldn't tell you. I don't know.


30 posted on 07/12/2005 1:39:09 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Baseball Apple Pie And Mom")
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