MoveOn joins call for Rove resignation


MoveOn issued a statement calling for Bush adviser Karl Rove's resignation, RAW STORY has learned. It follows.


Questions President’s Failure to Act

Michael Isikoff reports in the July 18 issue of Newsweek that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove revealed to Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper that Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joe Wilson, worked for the CIA.


Statement by Tom Matzzie, Washington Director, MoveOn PAC:

“This report makes two things clear: First, in revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent, Rove either knowingly broke the law, or committed an act of gross negligence. In either case he should resign or the President should fire him.

Second, the President failed to act upon learning that his chief political adviser blew the cover of a CIA agent.

These facts raise several questions to which the President owes the American people answers: What did he know? When did he know it? And why did he fail to act?

Clearly Rove sought to retaliate against Plame’s husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, for correctly refuting Administration claims that Saddam Hussein sought to acquire ‘yellowcake’ uranium in Africa, part of the case the President was attempting to make for invading Iraq. Clearly, Rove put the protection of President Bush's political agenda ahead of national security when he disclosed Plame’s identity. He jeopardized the safety of an under cover intelligence agent who was working to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Clearly Rove’s and the President's willingness to remain silent about this until the very last minute caused significant pain and anguish to two journalists, one of whom is now in jail, for refusing to reveal Rove as their source.”

Originally published on Monday July 11, 2005.


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