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John Edwards calls on Bush to fire Rove
Ron Brynaert
Published: Wednesday April 25, 2007
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At Thursday's first presidential debate of the season, former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards will be calling on President Bush to fire his political adviser Karl Rove, according to an e-mail sent out by his campaign, and obtained by RAW STORY.

"There is a trail of rot making its way through our government—and it leads straight to Karl Rove," begins the e-mail written by the former North Carolina senator's campaign manager David Bonior. "New evidence shows that Rove has been methodically working to twist even the most impartial branches of the federal government—including the Justice Department—to serve the Republican Party at the expense of the American people."

The e-mail continues, "Enough is enough. Impartial justice must be protected. Integrity in government must be defended. Karl Rove must be fired."

"Tomorrow, John Edwards is going on national television to take part in the first presidential debate," Bonior writes. "And that night, he's going to call on George Bush to fire Karl Rove."

The campaign is asking "thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands" to "speak out together to demand accountability for Karl Rove and end their era of cynical, destructive, partisan government," by signing a petition in support.

"Please add your name, so when John speaks out at tomorrow's debate it's clear that he's speaking for thousands," the e-mail continues. "We'll keep a signature counter online to show how many have joined the call."

At Edwards' 2008 campaign website, Edwards blogger Tracy Russo notes that he was "the first candidate to call for Gonzales' resignation," back on March 13.

"The President should demand that Alberto Gonzales resign, and he should fire Karl Rove," Edwards said in a statement. "They have turned the Department of Justice into the Department of Political Payback. In doing so, they deny every American the legitimate expectation that justice will be administered without reference to partisan considerations."

Edwards added, "If President Bush doesn't have the courage to fire Gonzales, he should step up and resign for the good of the country. And with a new investigation aimed squarely at Karl Rove, the President should fire him if he continues to refuse to testify under oath. New reports that federal employees were urged to assist Republican candidates through their official duties are outrageous. This is the American people's government, not the Republican Party's."

Transcript of e-mail follows:

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Dear Friend,

There is a trail of rot making its way through our government—and it leads straight to Karl Rove.

New evidence shows that Rove has been methodically working to twist even the most impartial branches of the federal government—including the Justice Department—to serve the Republican Party at the expense of the American people.

Enough is enough. Impartial justice must be protected. Integrity in government must be defended. Karl Rove must be fired.

Tomorrow, John Edwards is going on national television to take part in the first presidential debate. And that night, he's going to call on George Bush to fire Karl Rove.

Will Bush listen? Not to John alone. Not to you or me alone. But if thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of us speak out together to demand accountability for Karl Rove and end their era of cynical, destructive, partisan government—we cannot be ignored.

Please add your name, so when John speaks out at tomorrow's debate it's clear that he's speaking for thousands. We'll keep a signature counter online to show how many have joined the call.

www.johnedwards.com/fire-rove

Karl Rove's assault on our democracy is not new. We all know how Rove's strategy of relentless deception has poisoned our political debate and led to disaster after disaster for our country—starting with the war in Iraq.

But these latest revelations show that no branch of our government is safe as long as Karl Rove is in it.

It is now clear that Rove was at the center of the outrageous, politically-motivated firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. When this scandal broke, John Edwards was the first candidate to call for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for politicizing justice and betraying the public trust.

Some of these officials were fired because they refused to buckle under to demands that they manipulate the timing of voter fraud investigations, or because they were investigating well connected Republican defense contractors.

And now it seems clear that the White House had its fingers all over this purge. Whose fingers? Karl Rove's, of course.

And Rove's motivations may have been even more insidious than rewarding party loyalists. There are indications that this was all part of his plan to install partisan U.S. Attorneys that would help Republican candidates in 2008 by interfering with minority voter registration drives.

And now, evidence has emerged that that shows Rove has been pressuring impartial federal agencies and employees to use government contracts and other favors to help Republican candidates.

At some point, the very fabric of impartial justice and a government that works for the people—not political parties—is so threatened that we simply cannot sit back and wait for the next election to clean house. That point is now.

In 24 hours John will speak out to the national media gathered to cover the presidential debate and call on President Bush to fire Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales. That means we have 24 hours to gather enough support to ensure that when John steps forward, he's not stepping forward alone.

www.johnedwards.com/fire-rove

Thank you,

--David Bonior Campaign Manager John Edwards for President

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