Skip to comments.SCHUMER STANDS WITH AMBASSADOR JOE WILSON TO ASK FOR SUSPENSION OF ROVE'S SECURITY CLEARANCE
Posted on 07/14/2005 10:09:02 AM PDT by lowbridge
MEDIA ADVISORY: SCHUMER STANDS WITH AMBASSADOR JOE WILSON TO ASK FOR SUSPENSION OF ROVE'S SECURITY CLEARANCE
Thu Jul 14 2005 11:15:02 ET
White House Should Suspend Deputy Chief of Staff's Security Clearance Information While Investigation is Pending, Until Plame Leak Is Resolved
In Light Of Time Reporter Matt Cooper's Confirmation That Rove Was a Source In the Leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame's Identity, Schumer and Wilson Call For Suspension of Rove's Security Clearance
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Ambassador Joseph Wilson will hold a press conference at 3:00pm TODAY, July 14, 2005 in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol to call for the suspension of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove' security clearance until the investigation of the leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame's identity is resolved.
Israel S. Klein Communications Director U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer
they will never eat their words. but they might just go away. wilson and plame that it. chucky'll be back.
Berger did lose his clearance but only for three or five years, I can't remember which.
CNN cuts away too, This is sthe most aggravating coverage of anything I've ever seen!!!!!
Perhaps the networks all realize this is a spinning circus, NOT worthy of full coverage. Or...........maybe they don't want to have to provide equal coverage of a response
Shmuckie Schumer proves he is worhtless once again.
Chuckie, Rove is gonna send you a nice Christmas card this year.
I was just reading that Schumer was only one of 50-some senators to vote against making it illegal to out an CIA operative. I wish someone could remind Schumer of this.
And, why in world would a law be needed-
Anyone ever notice the back of shumer's head is flat. It reminds me of donald duck's.
Funny. I'd kinda like Chuckie tried for treason and executed by firing squad. We don't always get what we want.
Scott Ritter comes close to filling the bill, I think.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Joe Wilson's Top Ten Worst Inaccuracies And Misstatements
1.) Wilson Insisted That The Vice Presidents Office Sent Him To Niger:
Wilson Said He Traveled To Niger At CIA Request To Help Provide Response To Vice Presidents Office. In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheneys office had questions about a particular intelligence report. The agency officials asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice presidents office. (Joseph C. Wilson, Op-Ed, What I Didnt Find In Africa, The New York Times, 7/6/03)
* Joe Wilson: [W]hat They Did, What The Office Of The Vice President Did, And, In Fact, I Believe Now From Mr. Libbys Statement, It Was Probably The Vice President Himself ... (CNNs Late Edition, 8/3/03)
Vice President Cheney: I Dont Know Joe Wilson. Ive Never Met Joe Wilson. And Joe Wilson - I Dont [Know] Who Sent Joe Wilson. He Never Submitted A Report That I Ever Saw When He Came Back. (NBCs Meet The Press, 9/14/03)
CIA Director George Tenet: In An Effort To Inquire About Certain Reports Involving Niger, CIAs Counter-Proliferation Experts, On Their Own Initiative, Asked An Individual With Ties To The Region To Make A Visit To See What He Could Learn. (Central Intelligence Agency, Statement By George J. Tenet, Director Of Central Intelligence, Press Release, 7/11/03)
2.) Wilson Claimed The Vice President And Other Senior White House Officials Were Briefed On His Niger Report:
[Wilson] Believed That [His Report] Would Have Been Distributed To The White House And That The Vice President Received A Direct Response To His Question About The Possible Uranium Deal. (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Reported That The Vice President Was Not Briefed On Wilsons Report. Conclusion 14. The Central Intelligence Agency should have told the Vice President and other senior policymakers that it had sent someone to Niger to look into the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal and it should have briefed the Vice President on the former ambassadors findings. (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
CIA Director George Tenet: Because This Report, In Our View, Did Not Resolve Whether Iraq Was Or Was Not Seeking Uranium From Abroad, It Was Given A Normal And Wide Distribution, But We Did Not Brief It To The President, Vice-President Or Other Senior Administration Officials. (Central Intelligence Agency, Statement By George J. Tenet, Director Of Central Intelligence, Press Release, 7/11/03)
3.) Wilson Has Claimed His Niger Report Was Conclusive And Significant
Wilson Claims His Trip Proved There Was Nothing To The Uranium Allegations. I knew that [Dr. Rice] had fundamentally misstated the facts. In fact, she had lied about it. I had gone out and I had undertaken this study. I had come back and said that this was not feasible. This government knew that there was nothing to these allegations. (NBCs, Meet The Press, 5/2/04)
Officials Said Evidence In Wilsons Niger Report Was Thin And His Homework Was Shoddy. (Michael Duffy, Leaking With A Vengeance, Time, 10/13/03)
Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Unanimous Report: Conclusion 13. The Report On The Former Ambassadors Trip To Niger, Disseminated In March 2002, Did Not Change Any Analysts Assessments Of The Iraq-Niger Uranium Deal. (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
* For Most Analysts, The Information In The Report Lent More Credibility To The Original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Report On The Uranium Deal, But State Department Bureau Of Intelligence And Research (INR) Analysts Believed That The Report Supported Their Assessments That Niger Was Unlikely To Be Willing Or Able To Sell Uranium. (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
CIA Said Wilsons Findings Did Not Resolve The Issue. Because [Wilsons] report, in our view, did not resolve whether Iraq was or was not seeking uranium from abroad, it was given a normal and wide distribution, but we did not brief it to the president, vice president or other senior administration officials. We also had to consider that the former Nigerien officials knew that what they were saying would reach the U.S. government and that this might have influenced what they said. (Central Intelligence Agency, Statement By George J. Tenet, Director Of Central Intelligence, Press Release 7/11/03)
The Butler Report Claimed That The Presidents State Of the Union Statement On Uranium From Africa, Was Well-Founded. We conclude that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the Governments dossier, and by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, were well-founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bushs State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that: The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. was well-founded. (The Rt. Hon. The Lord Butler Of Brockwell, Review Of Intelligence, On Weapons Of Mass Destruction, 7/14/04)
4.) Wilson Denied His Wife Suggested He Travel To Niger In 2002:
Wilson Claimed His Wife Did Not Suggest He Travel To Niger To Investigate Reports Of Uranium Deal; Instead, Wilson Claims It Came Out Of Meeting With CIA. CNNs Wolf Blitzer: Among other things, you had always said, always maintained, still maintain your wife, Valerie Plame, a CIA officer, had nothing to do with the decision to send to you Niger to inspect reports that uranium might be sold from Niger to Iraq. Did Valerie Plame, your wife, come up with the idea to send you to Niger? Joe Wilson: No. My wife served as a conduit, as I put in my book. When her supervisors asked her to contact me for the purposes of coming into the CIA to discuss all the issues surrounding this allegation of Niger selling uranium to Iraq. (CNNs Late Edition, 7/18/04)
* But Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Received Not Only Testimony But Actual Documentation Indicating Wilsons Wife Proposed Him For Trip. Some CPD, [CIA Counterproliferation Division] officials could not recall how the office decided to contact the former ambassador, however, interviews and documents provided to the Committee indicate that his wife, a CPD employee, suggested his name for the trip. The CPD reports officer told Committee staff that the former ambassadors wife offered up his name and a memorandum to the Deputy Chief of the CPD on February 12, 2002, from the former ambassadors wife says, my husband has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity. (Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq, U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)
5.) Wilson Has Claimed His 1999 Trip To Niger Was Not Suggested By His Wife:
Wilson Claims CIA Thought To Ask Him To Make Trip Because He Had Previously Made Trip For Them In 1999, Not Because Of His Wifes Suggestion. CNNs Wolf Blitzer: Who first raised your name, then, based on what you know? Who came up with the idea to send you there? Joe Wilson: The CIA knew my name from a trip, and its in the report, that I had taken in 1999 related to uranium activities but not related to Iraq. I had served for 23 years in government including as Bill Clintons Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. I had done a lot of work with the Niger government during a period punctuated by a military coup and a subsequent assassination of a president. So I knew all the people there. (CNNs Late Edition, 7/18/04)
In Fact, His Wife Suggested Him For 1999 Trip, As Well. The former ambassador had traveled previously to Niger on the CIAs behalf The former ambassador was selected for the 1999 trip after his wife mentioned to her supervisors that her husband was planning a business trip to Niger in the near future and might be willing to use his contacts in the region (Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq, U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)
6.) Wilson Claimed He Was A Victim Of A Partisan Smear Campaign
Joe Wilson: Well, I Dont Know. Obviously, Theres Been This Orchestrated Campaign, This Smear Campaign. I Happen To Think That Its Because The RNC, The Republican National Committees Been Involved In This In A Big Way CNNs Wolf Blitzer: But They Werent Involved In The Senate Intelligence Committee Report. Wilson: No, They Werent. (CNNs Late Edition, 7/18/04)
Senate Intelligence Committee Unanimously Concluded That Wilsons Report Lent More Credibility For Most Analysts To The Original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Reports. Conclusion 13. The report on the former ambassadors trip to Niger, disseminated in March 2002, did not change any analysts assessments of the Iraq-Niger uranium deal. For most analysts, the information in the report lent more credibility to the original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports on the uranium deal, but the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) analysts believed that the report supported their assessment that Niger was unlikely to be willing or able to sell uranium to Iraq. (Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq, U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)
Members Of The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence That Wrote The Unanimous Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. John Warner (R-VA)
(Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq, U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)
7.) A Month Before The Bob Novak And Matthew Cooper Articles Ever Came Out, Wilson Told The Washington Post That Previous Intelligence Reports About Niger Were Based On Forged Documents:
In June Of 2003, Wilson Told The Washington Post The Niger Intelligence Was Based On Documents That Had Clearly Been Forged Because The Dates Were Wrong And The Names Were Wrong. (Susan Schmidt, Plames Input Is Cited On Niger Mission, The Washington Post, 7/10/04)
However, The [Senate Select Committee On Intelligence] Report Said Wilson Provided Misleading Information To The Washington Post Last June [12th, 2003]. (Susan Schmidt, Plames Input Is Cited On Niger Mission, The Washington Post, 7/10/04)
* Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Unanimous Report: The Former Ambassador Said That He May Have Misspoken To The Reporter When He Said He Concluded The Documents Were Forged. (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
8.) Wilson Claimed His Book Would Enrich Debate:
NBCs Katie Couric: What Do You Hope The Whole Point Of This Book Will Be? Joe Wilson: Well, I - I Hope, One, It Will Tell - It Tries To Tell An Interesting Story. Two, I Hope That It Enriches The Debate In A Year In Which We Are All Called Upon As Americans To Elect Our Leaders. And Three, That [It] Says That This Is A Great Democracy That Is Worthy Of Our Taking Our Responsibilities As Stewards Seriously. (NBCs Today Show, 5/3/04)
Wilson Admits In His Book That He Had Been Involved In A Little Literary Flair When Talking To Reporters. [Wilson] wrote in his book, he told Committee staff that his assertion may have involved a little literary flair. (Matthew Continetti, A Little Literary Flair The Weekly Standard, 7/26/04)
Wilsons Book The Politics Of Truth: Inside The Lies That Put The White House On Trial And Betrayed My Wifes CIA Identity Has Been Panned In Numerous Reviews For Its Inaccuracies:
* On Page One Of Chapter One, He Quotes NBC Talk Show Host Chris Matthews, Who Told Him That, After Mr. Wilson Chose To Go Public: Wilsons Wife Is Fair Game. Later, He Bases His List Of Suspect Leakers On Conversations With Members Of The News Media And A Source Close To The House Judiciary Committee. (Eli Lake, Op-Ed, Dont Quit Your Day Job, Mr. Wilson, New York Post, 5/4/04)
* For Example, When Asked How He Knew That The Intelligence Community Had Rejected The Possibility Of A Niger-Iraq Uranium Deal, As He Wrote In His Book, He Told [Senate Intelligence] Committee Staff That His Assertion May Have Involved A Little Literary Flair. (Matthew Continetti, A Little Literary Flair, The Weekly Standard, 7/26/04)
* The Boston Globe: In Essence, Much Of Wilsons Book Is An Attempt To Portray The Bush Administration As A Ministry Of Fear Whose Mission In Pursuing War In Iraq Required It To Proclaim A Lie As Truth. (Michael D. Langan, Op-Ed, Truth Makes Much Of Bush Controversy, The Boston Globe, 5/4/04)
* Newsweeks Evan Thomas Wrote In The Washington Post: [W]ilsons Claims And Conclusions Are Either Long Hashed Over Or Based On What The Intelligence Business Describes As Rumint, Or Rumor Intelligence. (Evan Thomas, Op-Ed, Indecent Exposure, The Washington Post, 5/16/04)
9.) Wilson Claimed The CIA Provided Him With Information Related To The Iraq-Niger Uranium Transaction:
The Former Ambassador Noted That His CIA Contacts Told Him There Were Documents Pertaining To The Alleged Iraq-Niger Uranium Transaction And That The Source Of The Information Was The [Redacted] Intelligence Service. (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
* However, The DO [Director Of Operations At The CIA] Reports Officer Told Committee Staff That He Did Not Provide The Former Ambassador With Any Information About The Source Or Details (Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Assessments On Iraq, 7/7/04)
10.) Wilson Claimed He Is A Non-Partisan Centrist:
Recently, Joe Wilson Refused To Admit He Is A Registered Democrat. NBCs Jamie Gangel: You are a Democrat? Joe Wilson: I exercise my rights as a citizen of this country to participate in the selection of my leaders and I am proud to do so. I did so in the election in 2000 by contributing not just to Al Gore's campaign, but also to the Bush-Cheney campaign. (NBCs Today Show, 7/14/05)
[Wilson] Insist[s] He Remained A Centrist At Heart. (Scott Shane, Private Spy And Public Spouse Live At Center Of Leak Case, The New York Times, 7/5/05)
* Joe Wilson Is A Registered Democrat. (District Of Columbia Voter Registrations, Accessed 7/14/05)
* Joseph Wilson Has Donated Over $8,000 To Democrats Including $2,000 To John Kerry For President In 2003, $1,000 To Hillary Clintons (D-NY) HILLPAC In 2002 And $3,000 To Al Gore In 1999. (The Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/12/05)
* Wilson Endorsed John Kerry For President In October 2003 And Advised The Kerry Campaign. (David Tirrell-Wysocki, Former Ambassador Wilson Endorses Kerry In Presidential Race, The Associated Press, 10/23/03)
* [Wilson] Admits It Will Be A Cold Day In Hell Before I Vote For A Republican, Even For Dog Catcher. (Scott Shane, Private Spy And Public Spouse Live At Center Of Leak Case, The New York Times, 7/5/05)
Then, (working backwards) Val, Joe, and "friends" could use the Administration's facts to try to determine the identities of the "good guy," anti-Saddam spies.
Nice. I hope you don't mind that I've bookmarked it.
~~~On Chuck Schumer~~~
He's not been a very good sport
His only technique is to thwart
He loves to "advise"
To run everyone's lives
Chuck wants his own seat on the court
Some of us inside the Beltway don't give a crap what Joe Wilson or Chuck Schumer think.
Oops! Forgot to credit the RNC website!
Just heard some MSM bimbo-babe on CNN stating as "FACT" that it was Rove who contacted Cooper. That's NOT the way I've been understanding/reading what happened. Obviously SOMEBODY is lying! And if it's this bimbo-babe (who I realize is only spewing what's being pumped into her little earplug or what's on the teleprompter in front of her)...anyway, it's disgusting! It's absolutely disgusting! The MSM make no bones about their bias. They don't care one bit and don't give a hoot about trying to cover it up. Because they know that most of the sheeple in la-la land are just going to swallow their garbage any way they dish it out. All one has to do is watch one of those stupid Jay Leno Jay-walking segments or listen to one of Hannity's man-on-the-street segments to realize how seriously stupid, uneducated, uninformed a large segment of the population is. The MSM knows this and they factor that in with their bias and just how far they can go. Sickening!
Can't read, huh? This ole Grandmother cat teach you? Bet you Morther is real prooud of you.
Is it just me or does Chuck Schumer look, sound and act more like Woody Allen these days? A paranoid, self-referencial carnival barker.
"...seriously stupid, uneducated, uninformed a large segment of the population is...."
I'm with you on that. It is an absolute miracle that the Republicans are in charge!
I only wish they would fight fire with fire with the Dem/Libs!
If Teddy Kennedy demands a polygraph test on Rove, at least one Republican Senator or Congressman/woman should counter that Ted should take one himself regarding Chappaquiddick! That'd shut his trap fast!
Can't write, huh? - It's okay Gramms!
And don't lie and say that you meant it that way.
You know that you didn't, and we do too.