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06-02-2005, 08:31 AM
More than 59,000 view Conyers' letter on Downing Street memo over weekend


Congressman John Conyers' (D-MI) letter questioning President Bush about secret Iraq war plans based on minutes of a high-level British meeting held in 2002 saw heavy traffic over the holiday weekend since its announcement Friday afternoon, RAW STORY has learned.

The congressman's office said they were unprepared for the volume of signers and haven't been able to get firm numbers on signatures as yet, but that the signature page saw 59,000 unique visitors.

"The overwhelming response we received over the Memorial Day weekend from the Internet community, and especially from www.yourbbsucks.com (http://www.yourbbsucks.com) to our Downing Street Letter to the President shows how many Americans want to get to the bottom of this huge and growing scandal," Conyers told RAW STORY. "I am hopeful that we can not only reach, but exceed our goal of 100,000 individuals asking the president to explain his conduct in this matter."

The 'memo,' official minutes of a 2002 meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair, members of British intelligence MI-6 and various members of the Bush administration, noted that MI-6 director Richard Dearlove said, “Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

Conyers and eighty-eight other members of Congress issued a letter to the White House on May 5 requesting an explanation and answers to questions about whether the President misled Congress into voting for the Iraq war.

The White House has ignored the letter; press secretary Scott McClellan said he had “no need to respond,” according to the New York Times.

Conyers has indicated that he may send a delegation to London to further investigate the memo.