Conyers wants Downing Street documents

A week after John Kerry called for a Senate investigation, Conyers and 51 House members send a FOIA request to the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department.

Published July 1, 2005 1:51PM (EDT)

It has been a week since John Kerry and nine other Senate Democrats asked the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to conduct an investigation that would include the Downing Street memo. We're not holding our breath for a response; the Republicans control the committee and everything else in the Senate, and they're not likely to see a lot of upside in looking into how the president may have lied in the run-up to war -- particularly when 42 percent of the public says he ought to be impeached if he did.

But that doesn't mean that the issue is dead. On Thursday, Rep. John Conyers and 51 other members of the House of Representatives sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department seeking documents about the run-up to the war and the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction as well as all documents and statements "related to the subject matter of the Downing Street minutes of July 23, 2002, and all similar and related memoranda."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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