Remembering What Started The Plame Investigation

Yesterday, I, along with 20 other members of the House, requested Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to expand his investigation to include possible crimes committed by the Bush Administration, specifically those that may have resulted from lying to Congress about pre-war intelligence.  At the heart of the CIA leak case is the fact that the Bush administration lied about pre-war intelligence and then later attempted to discredit a credible source who was going public with information that exposed those lies. If the president and other senior administration officials had not falsely claimed that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa then there wouldn't have been the need for Joseph Wilson to investigate those claims on behalf of the CIA, members of the Bush administration wouldn't have plotted to leak the identity of Valerie Wilson in retaliation for her husband's public statements, and Patrick Fitzgerald would be sitting at his desk in Chicago working solely as a U.S. Attorney.