Senator Harry Reid's Statement Before Taking The Senate Into A Closed Session To Discuss Iraq Intelligence Matters In
Light Of The Libby Indictment.
Tuesday 01 November 2005
Remarks, as prepared for delivery
This past weekend, we witnessed the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, the Vice President's Chief of Staff and a senior
Advisor to President Bush. Libby is the first sitting White House staffer to be indicted in 135 years.
This indictment raises very serious charges. It asserts this Administration engaged in actions that both harmed our
national security and are morally repugnant.
The decision to place U.S. soldiers in harm's way is the most significant responsibility the Constitution invests in the
The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really about: how the Administration manufactured and
manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its
As a result of its improper conduct, a cloud now hangs over this Administration. This cloud is further darkened by the
Administration's mistakes in prisoner abuse scandal, Hurricane Katrina, and the cronyism and corruption in numerous
And, unfortunately, it must be said that a cloud also hangs over this Republican-controlled Congress for its
unwillingness to hold this Republican Administration accountable for its misdeeds on all of these issues.
Let's take a look back at how we got here with respect to Iraq Mr. President. The record will show that within hours of
the terrorist attacks on 9/11, senior officials in this Administration recognized these attacks could be used as a
pretext to invade Iraq.
The record will also show that in the months and years after 9/11, the Administration engaged in a pattern of
manipulation of the facts and retribution against anyone who got in its way as it made the case for attacking Iraq.
There are numerous examples of how the Administration misstated and manipulated the facts as it made the case for war.
Administration statements on Saddam's alleged nuclear weapons capabilities and ties with Al Qaeda represent the best
examples of how it consistently and repeatedly manipulated the facts.