A promotional excerpt from former White House spokesman Scott McClellanâ€™s upcoming book has the political world buzzing — and calling for an investigation. At issue are McClellanâ€™s assurances to the White House press (and thus the public) in 2003 that then-White House political adviser Karl Rove and former vice presidential Chief of Staff Lewis Libby had no involvement with the outing of former CIA agent Valerie Plame. But McClellanâ€™s book, â€œWhat Happened,â€ makes this confession:
â€œIt was not true. 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 presidentâ€™s chief of staff, and the president himself.â€
Did President Bush knowingly ask McClellan to lie? The bookâ€™s publisher said that Bush told McClellan â€œsomething that wasnâ€™t true, but the president didnâ€™t know it wasnâ€™t true.â€
Not surprisingly, Democrats arenâ€™t convinced and have called for an investigation. But GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee may have had the best response. He told MSNBC: â€œItâ€™s one of those moments where Iâ€™m glad to not be a Washington insider.â€
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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