Hinchey: Rove possibly behind fake documents

Feb. 22, 2005 at 6:57 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Rep. Maurice Hinchey says Bush advisor Karl Rove was behind faked documents CBS news used in a report concerning the president's military record last fall.

The New York Democrat first made the comments during a meeting of constituents in his upstate district Saturday.

He repeated and clarified his stance to CNN Tuesday, noting while he has no proof of Rove's involvement in the discredited fake documents, circumstantial evidence -- along with Rove's record of past political behavior and dirty tricks -- points to the top Bush advisor as possibly the Machiavellian mind behind the faked service reports, which were used to impugned Bush reserve record.

"It doesn't take a lot of imagination to come up with the name of Karl Rove," said Hinchey

Hinchey went on to call for a congressional investigation concerning the larger question of how the Bush administration has manipulated the media, including the paying of political pundits to publicly promote White House policy.

The White House had no comment on Hinchey's allegations.

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