Bush Vows to Fire Anyone Who Has Committed Crime in Plame Leak Case
President Bush this morning vowed to fire anyone on his staff found to have committed a crime in the Valerie Plame case (or presumably any other case).
President Bush said Monday that if anyone on his staff committed a crime in the CIA-leak case, that person will “no longer work in my administration.” At the same time, Bush yet again sidestepped a question on the role of his top political adviser, Karl Rove, in the matter. “We have a serious ongoing investigation here and it’s being played out in the press,” Bush said at an East Room news conference.
Some Democrats have called for Rove, whose title is deputy chief of staff, to be fired. They have suggested that he violated a 1982 federal law that prohibits the deliberate exposure of the name of a CIA agent.
“It’s best people wait until the investigation is complete before you jump to conclusions. I don’t know all the facts. I want to know all the facts,” Bush said. “I would like this to end as quickly as possible. If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.”
One would certainly hope that anyone convicted of a crime would be removed from high office. One presumes that, if the president concludes a crime–or even a serious ethical lapse–has been committed, firing would also take place.