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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Senator Urges Bush to 'Come Clean' on Leak - Yahoo! News

President Bush should "come clean" about any White House officials involved in the leak of the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame and "honor his pledge to fire all those involved," Sen. Barbara Mikulski (news, bio, voting record) of Maryland said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address.

"It's been one week since the vice president's chief of staff was indicted, and there are still very serious questions about how his White House misused and manufactured intelligence to sell and defend the war in Iraq," Mikulski said.

Democrats last week forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session, questioning information that Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue. Republicans later agreed to a bipartisan review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into prewar intelligence.

Mikulski said the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was part of a "remarkable" few weeks of Republican scandal, including the investigation of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

"I can't remember a situation like this since the Watergate scandal brought down the Nixon administration," she said.

Mikulski also said she was disappointed that Bush did not nominate a woman to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Bush originally selected White House counsel Harriet Miers but chose federal appellate judge Samuel Alito after Miers withdrew.


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