Iowa Congressman Jim Leach will become the first Republican to sign on as a co-sponsor of a resolution demanding the White House turn over documents related to revelations in the Downing Street Memos, according to the Des Moines Register.
Leach represents a Democratic-leaning district around Iowa City and has often broken ranks his party in the past. (He earned our permanent disfavor by voting for the bogus impeachment of President Clinton, however.) So this may well be a principled stand by the congressman, or he could just be reading the tea leaves for next year. Going after President Bush for lying about the reasons for war may serve him in good stead with his liberal constituents next November.
House Resolution 375, authored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), currently has 39 Democratic co-sponsors. It requests that President Bush and the secretary of state send to the House all information in their possession relating to communications with the United Kingdom between Jan. 1, 2002, and Oct. 16, 2002, in connection with Iraq.