'White House Obstruction,' Says Pelosi

July 7, 2008 - 7:31 PM

(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has had two years to get to the bottom of who in his administration leaked Valerie Plame's name and it hasn't happened, complained House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.

"It looks to me that there may have been some effort by people in the White House to obstruct the investigation," Pelosi said in a press release.

"Disclosing Ms. Plame's identity is a deadly serious matter," Pelosi said.

But according to syndicated columnist Robert Novak -- the man who identified Plame as a covert CIA agent in a July 2003 column -- Plame's employment with the CIA was not a secret. And disclosure of her identity apparently has not had deadly consequences.

Nevertheless, "Republicans in the House of Representatives should be having hearings on this subject," Pelosi said. "But they have not held the Bush administration accountable in any way on any subject, be it the budget, our national security, the war in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, the list goes on," she added.

Pelosi said the American people deserve the truth about who in the White House "recklessly disclosed the identity of a CIA clandestine service officer, endangering our national security."

She joined the long list of Democrats who say President Bush should fire Karl Rove -- and anyone else in the Whit House who identified Plame as a CIA agent.

President Bush on Wednesday said he will not comment on Karl Rove's conversation with a Time magazine reporter until a grand jury completes its investigation.

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