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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051030/ap_on_go_pr_wh/cia_leak_investigation_126;_ylt=AttgeWLiyShCW98sN2Bw4VdqP0AC;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Sunday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should apologize for the actions of their aides in the CIA leak case. Reid, D-Nev., also said Bush should pledge not to pardon any aides convicted as a result of the investigation into the disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity.

"There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House," Reid said. He said Bush and Cheney "should come clean with the American public."

Reid added, "This has gotten way out of hand, and the American people deserve better than this."

Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, resigned Friday after he was indicted on five charges relating to statements he made to the FBI and a grand jury investigating the Plame leak.

Reid also said that Karl Rove, the president's closest political adviser, should step down. Rove has not been charged with a crime.

The closest the indictment comes to Rove is its discussion of an unnamed senior White House official who talked to columnist Robert Novak about Plame and discussed the matter with Libby. That could describe Rove.

The prosecutor in the CIA leak case has said his investigation is "not quite done," but declined comment on Rove during a news conference on Friday.

"If you ask me any name, I'm not going to comment on anyone named, because we either charged someone or we don't talk about them," Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald said.

When the investigation began, the White House denied that Rove had been involved. Bush promised to fire anyone on his staff responsible for such a leak. He later stepped back, saying just that he would remove aides who committed crimes.

"I think Karl Rove should step down," Reid said. "Here is a man who the president said if he was involved, if anyone in the administration was involved, out they would go."

Bush and Cheney gave glowing endorsements and expressed no criticism of Libby after the senior White House adviser was indicted, resigned and lost his security clearance.

Cheney called Libby "one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known." Bush said Libby "has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country."

Reid said he was disappointed that Bush and Cheney expressed support for Libby in their public statements.

"The vice president issues this very terse statement praising Libby for all the great things he's done. Then we have the president come on camera a few minutes later calling him Scooter and what a great patriot he is," Reid told ABC's "This Week."

Sen. John Cornyn (news, bio, voting record), R-Texas, said it was premature to discuss a presidential pardon because no one has been convicted in the investigation.

"People who actually were trying to use this, of course, to the president's political disadvantage, I think, are going to be disappointed by the fact that this appears to be limited to a single individual," Cornyn said.

Reid said the Libby indictment and other scandals in the Republican-led government — including the indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas and an investigation of Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee — as well as 2,000 dead in Iraq and high energy prices have had a negative impact on the outlook of Americans.

"I think they're as disappointed as I am .... almost dejected," Reid said.

The president's overall job approval was at 39 percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos survey conducted in early October. The poll also found that only 28 percent of respondents said the country was headed in the right direction.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the White House should conduct its own investigation of the CIA leak. Graham, however, said allegations of illegal activity appeared to be focused only on Libby.

"I think the likelihood of Karl Rove being indicted in the future is virtually zero," Graham said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"I think this will be seen in history and in politics as Mr. Libby giving false information, if proven, and it will not be about an effort by the vice president to disclose a CIA operative."

Schumer said the investigation showed Cheney's office was in a campaign to discredit Wilson's wife because of his criticism of the administration's use prewar intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and that Rove, despite public statements to the contrary, had discussed Wilson's wife with reporters.

If necessary, Schumer said, Bush should take Cheney "to the woodshed."

"The president, again, ought to have some nonpolitical person look into this and see what should be done," Schumer said. "The standard shouldn't just be escaping indictment."

I believe they should apologize for this. Cheney couldn't fess up so he assigned Libby for the fall, which is completely uncalled for IMO. Nothing but sloppy politics from this administration...




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#2 12 years ago

For a minute, I was thinking / hoping Bush has Aids!




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#3 12 years ago

If there is a conviction then they should. Apologizing for the criminal actions of someone that hasn't been convicted of a crime yet isn't right. Hypothetically, this would be about the same as Al Gore apologizing for Bill Clinton committing perjury immediatly after the impeachment process began.




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If necessary, Schumer said, Bush should take Cheney "to the woodshed."

Oh thats wrong on so many many levels. ugh...:bananal:




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crzymnkyOh thats wrong on so many many levels. ugh...:bananal:

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#6 12 years ago

or they both can go one step further..... and resign! :D




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#7 12 years ago

Untill (or unless) the people involved are found guilty then they don't have to apologize for aides yet. Like Blood n Guns said "Apologizing for the criminal actions of someone that hasn't been convicted of a crime yet isn't right.".

But if they want to apologize already I wouldn't mind...




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#8 12 years ago
SupaStarAshFor a minute, I was thinking / hoping Bush has Aids!

Oh shut up you heartless bastard... Oh, and its AIDS - Aquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome Yes, they should apologize, at least Cheney should. If not for the actual act of releasing the name of a CIA analyst, then for the crap the country has been dragged through as a result.

Grizzly, you would hate that. You know who would become president then? Condi Rice. That would mean 10 years of her for sure. Now, I like Rice as a politician, stateswoman, and as a person. I imagine you hate her, especially for politics. So be glad that neither of them will resign, though it is a win-win situation for me.




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#9 12 years ago
USMA2010OGrizzly, you would hate that. You know who would become president then? Condi Rice. That would mean 10 years of her for sure. Now, I like Rice as a politician, stateswoman, and as a person. I imagine you hate her, especially for politics. So be glad that neither of them will resign, though it is a win-win situation for me.

Rice is awsome. I read a bio on her for a report(and got a D:p). I would love to see her a president.

Why does bush/chenney have to appogize for something they did not do?




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#10 12 years ago
USMA2010Grizzly, you would hate that. You know who would become president then? Condi Rice. That would mean 10 years of her for sure. Now, I like Rice as a politician, stateswoman, and as a person. I imagine you hate her, especially for politics. So be glad that neither of them will resign, though it is a win-win situation for me.

umm, who says i hate rice? I just hate the president. i frankly dont know much about rice anyways. so why automaticly hate her?




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