Friday, July 15, 2005

Congress Must Investigate the Plame Affair

Earlier this week, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced a Resolution of Inquiry
that would compel the White House and key executive branch agencies to produce
all information related to the compromise of the undercover status of CIA
officer Valerie Plame. Jeb Bradley has yet to voice his support even for the
limited Holt inquiry.

The time has come for Congress to assert its oversight responsibility in the
area of intelligence and national security. This is no longer about Karl Rove.
It is about a White House culture that seems to put a higher value on political
tactics than on matters of national security.

The individuals who participated in this breach of security must be held
accountable for their actions. I support a full Congressional investigation that
will review all information and documents related to the Plame affair, and
examine who on the White House staff has engaged in a pattern of behavior that
jeopardizes national security interests for the sake of partisan gain. If Rep.
Bradley is serious about national security, he must stop making partisan excuses
for the inexcusable and support efforts to fully investigate this matter.

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