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Time for Karl Rove to Come Clean

Location: Washington, DC

TIME FOR KARL ROVE TO COME CLEAN -- (House of Representatives - July 13, 2005)

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

Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I guess the Republican leadership is now condoning Karl Rove's behavior, but think about what the previous President Bush said about this.

On September 30, 2003, and I am quoting President Bush, this is the current President Bush, ``If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is, and if the person violated the law, the person will be taken care of.''

Well, that was nice talk then, but now it appears that it was all talk. The Republican leadership has no problem condoning Karl Rove's behavior and his leak. On Monday we learned that Karl Rove leaked Valeria Plame's identity, an act that Bush's father called treasonous.

Rove's actions were an outrageous abuse of power, but the longer President Bush allows him to remain on the job, the more it looks like the President is condoning activity that his own father called treasonous. It is amazing to me that the Republican leadership is now willing to come to the floor and say that that is okay. It is outrageous.

Listen to what the previous President Bush said: ``Don't let this stonewall continue on the part of the White House.''

It is time that Karl Rove come clean. It is time that the President force him to resign.

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