Congressman John Conyers Writes a Letter to Karl Rove Asking Him to
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative John Conyers, Jr., the Ranking
Member, on the
House Judiciary Committee sent the following letter to Senior White
Advisor, Karl Rove, asking for his resignation:
October 7, 2003
Dear Mr. Rove:
I write to ask you to resign from the White House staff. Recent press
have indicated that, while you may or may not have been the source of
Novak column which revealed the status and name of a covert
operative, the wife
of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, you were involved in a subsequent effort
this classified information to other reporters and give it even wider
This itself may be a federal crime, but regardless of that fact, your
are morally indefensible.
In my view, it is shameful and unethical that an Administration that
govern with "honor and integrity" and "change the tone" in Washington
engaged in an orchestrated campaign to smear and intimidate
critics, placing them in possible physical harm and impairing the
operations of the CIA.
Recent reports indicate that you told the journalist, Chris Matthews,
perhaps others, that Mr. Wilson's wife and her undercover status were
game." Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Oct. 13, 2003.
initial allegations have arisen, neither the White House nor your
denied your involvement in furthering the leak.
Repeated press inquiries into this matter have been rebuffed with
jargon and narrow legalisms, instead of broader ethical issues.
Indeed, in the
same article it appears a White House source acknowledged that you
Matthews and other journalists, indicating that "it was reasonable to
who sent Wilson to Niger."
It should be noted that these actions may well have violated 18 U.S.C.
which prohibits the willful or grossly negligent distribution of
defense information that could possibly be used against the United
law states that even if you lawfully knew of
Mr. Wilson's wife's status, you were obliged to come forward and
press leak to the proper authorities - not inflame the situation by
further dissemination. 18 U.S.C. § 793(f). Larger than whether any
can be read to find criminal responsibility is the issue of whether
your stature will be allowed to use their influence to intimidate
Over three decades ago, our nation was scarred by an Administration
stop at nothing to smear and intimidate its critics. I do not believe
will countenance a repeat of such activities. For your role in this
would ask that you resign immediately.
John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Minority Member
cc: The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
Committee on the Judiciary
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