Lee Will Hold Town Hall Meeting Saturday on Bush Administration Case for War

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry calling on the Bush administration to produce information to answer questions raised by a series of classified British memos that suggest that pre-war intelligence was fixed in order to justify the invasion of Iraq.

“These documents offer strong evidence that the Bush administration ‘fixed’ intelligence in order to mislead our country into war, evidence the administration has failed to dispute or answer,” said Lee. “Americans deserve to know the truth about the circumstances under which our troops were sent to war.”

In June, Lee joined Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers (D-MI) and 131 members of Congress in writing to the President, asking him to answer critical questions raised by the Downing Street memo, including whether anyone in the administration disputed the accuracy of the leaked document and if there was a coordinated effort with the US intelligence community and/or British officials to “fix” the intelligence and facts around the policy, as the leaked document state. Lee, Conyers and other members of Congress personally delivered the letter to the White House, along with petition signatures from more than 575,000 people calling for answers. The White House has not responded.

Lee’s bill, which has 26 co-sponsors, would require the President and Secretary of State to give Congress all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom relating to U.S. policy in Iraq between January 1, 2002 and October 16, 2002, the date Congress authorized the President to use force in Iraq.

The Resolution of Inquiry is a privileged resolution, which means that if it is not acted on in 14 legislative days after it is introduced, the member of Congress who introduced it is entitled to request that it be brought to the House floor for a vote.

Lee and nine other members of Congress will be holding Town Hall meetings on Saturday to highlight the administration’s failure to address the questions raised by these documents. Saturday marks the third anniversary of the Downing Street meeting between U.S and British officials whose minutes have prompted questions that intelligence was “fixed” to justify invasion.

Lee’s Town Hall meeting will take place at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, in Oakland, from 11:00am-12:30pm.