Schumer Urges Bush: Clarify Positions On Eve Of Fitzgerald Investigation’s Conclusion, Remove Those Indicted From White House Immediately

Senator Calls on President Bush to Make the Standard Clear Regarding His Staff’s Possible Involvement in the Leaking of a Covert CIA Operative’s Identity BEFORE Prosecutor’s Findings are Made Public, Perjury is a Serious Crime and Shouldn’t Be Belittled

Schumer: ‘Fitzgerald is a Prosecutor’s Prosecutor, and I Encourage All to Join Me in Abiding by His Decision, Whatever It Is’

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, who first called for an independent investigation into the White House leak of a covert CIA operative’s identity, called on President Bush to set a clear standard for the highest and lowest White House staffers on the eve of the Fitzgerald investigation’s conclusion. Schumer is urging the President to accept the decisions of the leak investigation no matter what they are and also called on him to remove anyone indicted from the White House immediately.

The text of Schumer’s letter to President Bush follows:

October 25, 2005

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write to encourage you to swiftly and strongly clarify that anyone who is indicted in the ongoing CIA leak investigation will be removed from the White House immediately and until the case is resolved.

It is important that you make this clear before Mr. Fitzgerald’s investigation concludes, so that the American people know that your standard will not shift depending on the status of the individual(s) indicted -- whether it is a low-level assistant or the most trusted and high-ranking aide, anyone indicted and thus found likely to have violated the law on a national security issue should be treated the same and removed from the White House staff.

Second, because this investigation is so important, we should all commit now, before Mr. Fitzgerald’s decision, that we will abide by it - whether there is an indictment or not. While I was the first to call for this investigation out of concern for possible breaches in our national security, and I have followed it very closely, I have already announced that I will abide by Mr. Fitzgerald’s decisions whatever the outcome – indictments or no indictments. I urge you to announce that you will accept his decisions as well.

Finally, recent press stories have contained some troubling statements from anonymous “White House allies” attempting to discredit Mr. Fitzgerald personally, perhaps in anticipation of coming indictments. Mr. Fitzgerald is widely acknowledged to be an apolitical “prosecutor’s prosecutor,” and beyond reproach. Any suggestions to the contrary, made for political purposes, would be inappropriate and damaging to the justice process. I urge you to call on your alleged “allies” to refrain from attacking either Mr. Fitzgerald or his decision, whatever it is.


Charles E. Schumer