September 29, 2003 - Posted at: 1:19 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Retired General Wesley Clark is calling today for an independent investigation into reports that a Bush administration official leaked the identity of a covert CIA agent. Clark joins other presidential candidates in calling for the inquiry.
The White House today denied that President Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, was involved in revealing the identity of a CIA operative, in possible violation of the law.
Senator Charles Schumer of New York has asked the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to probe the matter.
Other Democratic presidential candidates to call for independent probes were former Vermong Governor Howard Dean; Representative Dick Gephardt; Senator Joseph Lieberman; and Senator John Kerry.
The naming of the intelligence officer's identity by syndicated columnist Robert Novack came shortly after her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, undermined Bush's claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium in Africa.