OfficialWire reports that on Jun. 16 John Conyers (D-MI 14), the 76-year-old ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold "a Democratic hearing to hear testimony concerning the 'Downing Street Minutes' and the efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence."[1]  --  Expected to testify at the hearing are Joseph Wilson and Ray McGovern.  --  "Directly following the hearing, Rep. Conyers, Members of Congress, and concerned citizens plan to hand deliver to the White House the petition and signatures of over a half million Americans that have joined Rep. Conyers in demanding that President Bush answer questions about his secret plan for the Iraq war," the report said.  --  In addition, Raw Story reports that "Conyers' office has revealed that they will introduce new documents that corroborate the Downing Street Memo at the hearings."[2] ...

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CONYERS TO HOLD DEMOCRATIC HEARING ON 'DOWNING STREET MEMO'

** 500,000 petition answers from George W. Bush on pre-war intelligence and the lead-up to Iraq War **

OfficialWire NewsDesk
June 10, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Thursday June 16, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of House Judiciary Committee, and other Democratic Members will hold a Democratic hearing to hear testimony concerning the 'Downing Street Minutes' and the efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence.

On May 1, 2005, a Sunday London Times article disclosed the details of a classified memo, also known as the Downing Street Minutes, recounting the minutes of a July 2002 meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair that describes an American President already committed to going to war in the summer of 2002, despite contrary assertions to the public and the Congress. The minutes also describe apparent efforts by the Administration to manipulate intelligence data to justify the war. The June 16th hearing will attempt to answer the serious constitutional questions raised by these revelations and will further investigate the Administration's actions in the lead up to war with new documents that further corroborate the Downing Street memo.

Directly following the hearing, Rep. Conyers, Members of Congress, and concerned citizens plan to hand deliver to the White House the petition and signatures of over a half million Americans that have joined Rep. Conyers in demanding that President Bush answer questions about his secret plan for the Iraq war.

Joe Wilson, Former Ambassador and WMD Expert Ray McGovern, 27-year CIA analyst who prepared regular Presidential briefings during the Reagan administration Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen American soldier and John Bonifaz, renowned constitutional lawyer are expected to provide testimony.

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HOUSE JUDICIARY DEMOCRATS TO HOLD HEARINGS ON DOWNING STREET MINUTES
By John Byrne

Raw Story
June 10, 2005

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/House_Judiciary_Democrats_to_hold_hearings_on_Downing_Street_mi_0609.html

The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings on the 2002 minutes between senior British and American officials which asserted that intelligence was "being fixed" to support the case for war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

The hearings, which will be held next Thursday, will bring renewed attention to what is being called the "Downing Street memo," actually official minutes of a secret 2002 meeting.

Conyers' office has revealed that they will introduce new documents that corroborate the Downing Street Memo at the hearings June 16.