CREW Writes Patrick Fitzgerald Asking to Re-Open Rove Case in Light of Missing Emails
WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Special Counsel
Patrick Fitzgerald to reopen his investigation of Karl Rove's role in
disclosing Valerie Plame Wilson's status as a covert CIA operative in light
of recent revelations about missing White House emails.
Press reports indicate that Mr. Rove uses a Republican National
Committee (RNC) email account for 95% of his communications. In addition,
the RNC's counsel has admitted that all of Mr. Rove's emails prior to 2005
have been destroyed. Moreover, the White House has admitted that -- as CREW
reported yesterday -- five million emails are missing from the White House
servers. All of this raises serious questions about whether Mr. Rove
knowingly destroyed evidence relevant to the Special Counsel's inquiry and
whether Mr. Fitzgerald received all relevant documents.
Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, said today, "It looks like
Karl Rove may well have destroyed evidence that implicated him in the White
House's orchestrated efforts to leak Valerie Plame Wilson's covert identity
to the press in retaliation against her husband, former Ambassador Joseph
Wilson." Sloan continued, "Special Counsel Fitzgerald should immediately
reopen his investigation into whether Rove took part in the leak as well as
whether he obstructed justice in the ensuing leak investigation."
CREW serves as legal counsel to Joe and Valerie Wilson in their civil
suit against Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby and Richard Armitage.