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Former press secretary blames Bush for deceit

November 21, 2007

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— Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.

"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."

Bush's chief of staff at the time was Andrew Card.

The excerpt, posted on the Web site of publisher PublicAffairs, renews questions about what went on in the West Wing and how much Bush and Cheney knew about the leak. For years, it was McClellan's job to field - and often duck - those types of questions.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said it wasn't clear what McClellan meant in the excerpt. "The president has not and would not ask his spokespeople to pass on false information," she said.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

Let the finger-pointing for the BushCo disaster begin.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

quote taken out of context, completely ignores that richard armitage was the actual leaker...because it is easy to hate bush for these lunatic fringies.

let's review scooter was charged with obstructing the investigation of a crime he did not commit because no crime occurred...that is, the special prosecutor couldn't charge anybody. then scooter was convicted by a moveon.org jury that would've jailed spot and barney because they worked at the whitehouse. the lunatics hate to admit that richard armitage actually did it, because it sucks alll the air out of their hatebush conspiracy.

and yes there will be no impeachment no charges no trial, because no crime occurred.

this current quote...let's see, maybe he wants to get some controversy to sell more books? could that be?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 4 months ago

Outing the identity of one of our own CIA agents, thus endangering all her former sources, and stifling future sources, because the agent they are working with might get outed increases our security? Pointing fingers at undercover intelligence agents trying to keep our country safe isn't treason? Can someone tell me why exposing our CIA agents is a good thing?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

The world's getting mighty narrow for you BushCo Sickophants, and it's got you teetering on the edge (not that you were ever very far from it.)

ndmoderate 7 years, 4 months ago

""There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself.""

Plamegate aside, it's pretty hard to get around McClellan's charges here. Now why would a former Bush fall-guy come up with this stuff? Is it because he somehow recanted and now is an anti-Bush Democrat? Hmm...doubt it. This will be interesting. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show, folks!

beatrice 7 years, 4 months ago

The love some people have for this administration knows no bounds, this is clear. Some might consider outing a spy for political gain, then lying about it, an act of treason. But not the Bush lovers! Anything he or his administration do, they love it and are blind to the consequences.

Have someone in the know speak up -- why, his pants are on fire Outing a spy -- so what Torturing prisoners -- you bet From a $5 to a $9 trillion plus deficit in 7 years -- we can worry about that later WMDs -- it was about liberating people all along War? -- don't sacrifice, go shopping War? -- cut taxes for the wealthiest of the wealthy Appointing friends to jobs they aren't qualified to do -- Heck of a job Slow to respond to disaster -- those people should have helped themselves Science - whats that? Bin Laden still alive -- um, look, over there, something flashy

But I know -- all the world's problems are the fault of the liberals. What a wonderful world you must think you live in when all things can be blamed on the last guy who was in office, since he let that girl do that thing to his unmentionable.

Party over country -- how sad.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

plame WAS NOT A SECRET CIA EMPLOYEE: when she drove to work...she parked her car openly in the CIA's lot FGS! again I repeat for the lunatics with reading comprehension issues, no crime was committed, the special prosecutor didn't charge anybody because NO crime occurred!

further, if you charge anybody, it is richard armitage! note, none of the lunatic fringies [above] addressed any of these points directly. that's very very telling. they would rather believe their little hatebush myth than recognize what really happened.

further, it was 'common knowlege' among many circles that plame worked for CIA. a senate committee found *unanymously that plame and wilson had lied. wilson's actual report did support that saddam had tried to get yellow cake uranium.


oh, by the way, published in the jihad times a few days after we took Baghdad, 250-tons of yellow cake uranium were FOUND there. saddam had yellow cake. there ya' go.

blackwalnut 7 years, 4 months ago

Another flea jumping off the rats going down with the sinking ship.

He was happy enough to lie for Bush when Bush's approval rating was higher than 25%. It seems disingenuous to be coming clean now that Bush is Kryptonite.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

"further, if you charge anybody, it is richard armitage!"

Kinda funny how the bushco sickophants have found a way to blame one of the few people in that administration who attempted to bring some level of reason to the warmongering phuckheds.

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