Crew Writes Patrick Fitzgerald Asking to Re-Open Rove Case in Light of Missing Emails

Apr 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

    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.
     CREW's letter to Special Counsel Fitzgerald and supporting documents
 are available at CREW's website.
     Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-
 profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials
 accountable for their actions.
     For more information, please visit or
 contact Naomi Seligman Steiner at 202.408.5565/

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