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Time for Karl Rove to Step Aside

Location: Washington, DC

TIME FOR KARL ROVE TO STEP ASIDE -- (House of Representatives - July 12, 2005)

(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, it appears that either President Bush's righthand man Karl Rove was deceiving his boss or the Bush administration was deceiving the American people in regards to the leak of a CIA agent's identity to the press.

When asked in September 2003 if he had any knowledge or leaked the name of the CIA agent to the press, Rove simply answered, ``no.'' The deception continued earlier this month when, on July 4th, Rove simply amended his previous statements by saying, ``I'll repeat what I said to ABC News when this whole thing broke some number of months ago, I didn't know her name, didn't leak her name.'' Last week, after Newsweek reported that the leak came from Rove, Rove's attorney shot back and said Rove ``did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA.''

Well, now Karl Rove's attorney is admitting that Rove did tell a reporter that Joseph Wilson's wife was a CIA agent. Sounds like a leak to me. So, it is now time for President Bush to ask for Karl Rove to go.

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