Talking Points on House Resolution 505
From After Downing Street
This piece of legislation is the clearest way for Congress to demand a serious investigation of the Plame leak and the war lies that preceded it.
This privileged Resolution of Inquiry, introduced by Dennis Kucinich, has a lifespan of 14 legislative days, ending on or about November 9 with a vote in the House International Relations Committee. It is crucial that we build support before that date through a long list of cosponsors.
H Res 505 would require the White House to turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The WHIG, comprised of the President’s and Vice President’s top aides, was central to the White House’s effort to sell Congress, the media, and the public a war on fraudulent grounds.
Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation is not looking into the broader picture of the war lies that Joe Wilson challenged. It is up to Congress to do so.
A majority of Americans, according to ABC News / Washington Post, believe Bush lied about the reasons for war.
By 55% to 41%, according to ABC News / Washington Post, Americans believe the Libby case is not an isolated incident, but part of wider problems “with ethical wrongdoing” in the White House.
The International Relations Committee, on September 14, came within one vote of passing a Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memo (H. Res. 375). For H Res 505 to pass will require one or two more Yes votes.
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