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Democrats will file Resolution of Inquiry on outed agent

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Several House Democrats plan to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry calling on the White House and other Bush agencies to produce any and all documents relating to the outing of a covert CIA agent, RAW STORY has learned.

The move was first reported by blogger Murray Haas.

Rush Holt (D-NJ) is leading the push, joined by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Jay Inslee (D-WA). Holt introduced a similar measure in 2003, which was voted down.

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A veteran Democratic aide told RAW STORY Wednesday evening that the Resolution will likely be referred to the House Intelligence and Government oversight committees.

“Last time, if I remember, it went to intelligence and oversight,” the aide said.

Such a resolution forces each relevant committee to go on the record as to whether they want Congress to demand the records.

Democrats don't expect the bid to succeed, staffers say. The Republican majority often defers to existing investigations, saying they don't want to interfere.

“My guess is the committee would vote to kill it using the explanation that there’s a Department of Justice Inquiry and a grand jury inquiry and they want the courts to be able to go forward,” an aide remarked.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been involved with coordinating the resolution.

Haas says Democrats will seek documents related to the outed agent from the State, Defense, and Justice Departments, as well as other executive branch agencies. Senior Bush adviser Karl Rove has been fingered as having a role in the leak.

That the Democrats are filing the resolution tomorrow -- on the second anniversary of the Robert Novak column outing covert agent Valerie Plame -- is not a coincidence, an aide said.

Originally published on Wednesday July 13, 2005.

 


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