Friday, September 16, 2005

Jim Moran calls for Special Investigation of Bush Lies

VA Congressman Jim Moran is part of a Congressional Coalition calling out Bush on his lies.

Forty-One Members Of Congress Ask Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald To Examine Bush Administration's False Uranium Claims That Led To Disclosure Of CIA Operative's Identity To Determine If Additional Federal Laws Were Broken

The Coalition has asked U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the Special Prosecutor of the leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame's identity to see if additional laws were broken when Bush lied to Congress about Iraq obtaining uranium ("yellow cake") from Niger to make weapons of mass destruction.

When Ambassador Joseph Wilson publicly exposed Bush's lies about the Iraq-Niger connection, the White House retaliated to discredit him by exposing the identity of Wilson's wife, CIA Agent Valerie Plame. Essentially, the Coalition is asking Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald to expand the scope of his investigation to include examining the causes behind the exposure of Plame's identity.

Federal law prohibits making false and fraudulent statements to Congress. When Bush mentioned the false Iraq-Niger connection during his 2003 State of the Union Address before Congress, it is possible that he violated Federal law.

This link goes to the Coalition's press release, as well as their letter to Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald (scroll down), which details the laws that Bush Administration officials possibly violated.

1. In political terms, the timing of this request couldn't be better.

2. I don't know enough about the mechanics of Special Investigations to speculate on the likelihood of the Coalition's request being granted. I'm guessing that the more public pressue that is brought to bear, the higher the chances that the scope of the investigation will be expanded. So, please contact your Congressional Representative to support this request. And, thank your Rep if he or she was part of the coalition:
Congressmen Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01)
John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14)
Sam Farr (CA-17)
Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Michael M. Honda (CA-15)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Dennis J. Kucinich (OH-10)
Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Jim McDermott (WA-07)
James P. McGovern (MA-03)
Cynthia McKinney (GA-04)
Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14)
Doris Matsui (CA-05)
George Miller (CA-07)
James P. Moran (VA-08)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Richard E. Neal (MA-02)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)
Donald M. Payne (NJ-10)
Charles B. Rangel (NY-15)
Martin Olav Sabo (MN-05)
Bernard Sanders (VT-AL)
Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
José E. Serrano (NY-16)
Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hilda L. Solis (CA-32)
Fortney Pete Stark (CA-13)
Edolphus Towns (NY-10)
Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
David Wu (OR-01)
Albert R. Wynn (MD-04)
I'll certainly be thanking Congressman Moran, and following up with my new Congressman, Bobby Scott, to ask him to support the request. (I have a feeling that the 42nd "unrecognizable signature" on the letter might just be Scott.)

3. NY Representative Maurice Hinchey is the leader of the Coalition and his office seems to be coordinating press on this. To stay up to day, keep an eye on Hinchey's Newsroom.

So, will this be the fatal crack in the levee for the Bush administration that sets their downfall in motion?

Again, I wish I knew much more about how Special Investigations operate. But I am very, very interested in this story. It reminds me of the famous mob investigations--to take the laws you have, and you wield them like a hammer.

It is good to see Democrats fight back.

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