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Senate Democratic leaders call for White House Rove inquiry

John Byrne

Democratic Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote a letter to President Bush today calling for an internal investigation into whether his adviser Karl Rove leaked the identity of a covert CIA agent, RAW STORY has learned.

"We urge you to launch an investigation immediately," the senators write. "Anyone who is involved in the leaking of a covert agent's identity, especially for political purposes, does not deserve the privilege of serving as a senior adviser to the President of the United States.

A Justice Department investigation is ongoing, and Bush has said he will await the results of that investigation before taking any further steps. It is unlikely he would agree to an internal inquiry.

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In a statement this afternoon, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested the White House might be obstructing justice, a buzzword that rings of Watergate.

"It looks to me that there may have been some effort by people in the White House to obstruct the investigation," Pelosi said.

Republicans have characterized the Democrats' onslaught over Rove as pandering to the "MoveOn wing" of the Democratic Party.

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), declared today that Democrats should focus on legislation instead of attacking Rove.

"When you're out of ideas and lack vision, you are left with nothing but personal attacks and negativity," he remarked. "We have enough to do in the Senate in minding our own business than to be sticking our noses into someone else's business."

The Democratic senators' letter, acquired by RAW STORY, follows.

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Originally published on Wednesday July 13, 2005.

 


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