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Scott McClellan Levels Charges of Deception Against White House Over CIA Leak Case
Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Posted on 11/20/2007 12:20:12 PM PST by SubGeniusX

WASHINGTON — Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan is lashing out at the Bush administration's handling of the CIA leak case in his new book over what he said was intentional misinformation given to him by the administration and claiming the president was "involved" in the media run-around.

The Politico reported Tuesday on its Web site that the publisher of "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong With Washington" released a three-paragraph excerpt of the book highlighting the contentious period.

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"I stood at the White House briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby," McClellan wrote.

"There was one problem. It was not true."

McClellan also writes: "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." At the time, the president's chief of staff was Andy Card.

McClellan also writes he felt his trust was breeched.

"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bushwhitehouse; cialeak; plamegate; presidentbush
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1 posted on 11/20/2007 12:20:16 PM PST by SubGeniusX
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To: SubGeniusX

What is this tool’s major malfunction?


2 posted on 11/20/2007 12:22:07 PM PST by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: SubGeniusX

Has there been a less qualified and more ineffective press secretary in the history of the white house than Scott McClellan?


3 posted on 11/20/2007 12:22:45 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Phantom Lord

DiDi Myers?


4 posted on 11/20/2007 12:23:53 PM PST by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: Phantom Lord

Stupid plus timid


5 posted on 11/20/2007 12:24:06 PM PST by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: SubGeniusX

Where’s the evidence? Scott’s word?


6 posted on 11/20/2007 12:24:08 PM PST by rhombus
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To: krb

Those involved said it was NOT Libby and Rove, so WTF?


7 posted on 11/20/2007 12:24:15 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: krb
What is this tool’s major malfunction?

A: He's covering his own ass

B: He's trying to sell books. This assertion will sell a lot of books and make him a lot of money.

8 posted on 11/20/2007 12:24:25 PM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: SubGeniusX

and where does Richard Armitage come in.

HE WAS THE LEAKER.

not Libby or Rove. anything they might have done, was after the leak....


9 posted on 11/20/2007 12:25:52 PM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: SubGeniusX

I used to feel sorry for Scott. Now I don’t.


10 posted on 11/20/2007 12:26:42 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: SubGeniusX

Why do all the morons who leave the WH have to throw mud on the way out. It is not Bush’s fault that he was a piss poor press secretary - IMHO, the worst one I can think of in my 40+ years of existence.


11 posted on 11/20/2007 12:28:32 PM PST by stratboy
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To: SubGeniusX

He did a damn poor job and I was glad to see his sorry act leave.


12 posted on 11/20/2007 12:29:05 PM PST by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: SubGeniusX

Scotty got his post because he was a member of the Lucky Sperm Club...i.e. his family’s political ties in Texas got him the job instead of talent.

Of course, Scotty demonstrated that he was as nutty and dumb as his mother.


13 posted on 11/20/2007 12:29:09 PM PST by peyton randolph (tag line taking a siesta)
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To: SubGeniusX
This is the only way Scotty will be palatable to the media, so he’s selling out.
14 posted on 11/20/2007 12:29:22 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: SubGeniusX

I do expect more books in the next few years about the Bush administration. I must admit, Bill Clinton, for all the crap he did, he had some real loyal subjects.

Scott would have never pulled this crap with BC or he would have been Vince Fostered (God rest his soul).

Either you were with the Clinton’s are you were with dirt (buried in it).


16 posted on 11/20/2007 12:31:56 PM PST by rineaux (How dare you, how dare you question the Clinton's wrecked record.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
This is the only way Scotty will be palatable to the media, so he’s selling out.

He was terrible as press secretary. Bush should have fired him after a month's trial period. Once again, Bush loses by his major flaw in being Mr. too-nice. This betrayal is so disgusting.

17 posted on 11/20/2007 12:33:53 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: SubGeniusX
"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."

Awfully strong words. Words have consequences as Sen. McCain would say.

18 posted on 11/20/2007 12:33:54 PM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: krb

Is it your contention he’s lying?


19 posted on 11/20/2007 12:36:33 PM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: SubGeniusX

Oh boy....Chris Matthews is going to go purple on this one.


20 posted on 11/20/2007 12:37:28 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: SubGeniusX

Cronyism comes back to bite the president again.

Atleast he hired someone qualified after Scotty left...


21 posted on 11/20/2007 12:37:46 PM PST by NeoCaveman ("Don't doubt me" - El Rushbo, alternative tagline: Hunter/Pissant 2008)
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To: rineaux

And his press secretaries must have been fairly competent. With all the shoveling that they had to do with his scandals, they have real talent.


22 posted on 11/20/2007 12:40:44 PM PST by stratboy
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To: SubGeniusX

"So, I held up my finger to see which way the wind was blowing, and that's how I knew I always had these deep convictions"

23 posted on 11/20/2007 12:41:20 PM PST by JewishRighter ( Anyone But Hillary)
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To: JewishRighter

BTW, methinks he’s a twink.


24 posted on 11/20/2007 12:41:53 PM PST by JewishRighter ( Anyone But Hillary)
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To: McGruff
We simply do not know enough to draw any meaningful conclusions.

When did the president know that Scooter Libby was involved in the leak? When did the vice president know?

What is the significance even if they did know when Scott McClellan was unwittingly making false statements?


25 posted on 11/20/2007 12:42:12 PM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack,repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: stratboy

ROFLOL. NO KIDDING.


26 posted on 11/20/2007 12:42:30 PM PST by rineaux (How dare you, how dare you question the Clinton's wrecked record.)
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To: TonyRo76
Loyalty means nothing anymore! Don’t you think that’s sad? Loyalty to their Country, we are at war you know?

Our children will never understand the mess we have left them if we don’t stand strong to our Conservative principles and fight back against the MSM and these disloyal whores of government. Don't you question the timing of this book? In lieu of covering the successes in Iraq, the MSM will cover this wall to wall making the Republican Party look even more corrupt. Doesn't matter if its true, just the mere suggestion is enough for the MSM.

27 posted on 11/20/2007 12:43:17 PM PST by Bobbisox (ALL AMERICAN "LAZY " GRANDMA FREEPER, and a LOYAL and DEDICATED FredHEAD!)
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To: LexBaird

I would say she was better at it then McClellan.


28 posted on 11/20/2007 12:43:31 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: SubGeniusX

Well, The DemoMedia is going to go nuts over this.


29 posted on 11/20/2007 12:46:22 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: SubGeniusX

OK... so what did Scott ever say that has been shown to be untrue?

Nothing he might have said about Rove, or Libby, or the President or anybody else... none of that was untrue.

Libby wasn’t prosecuted for anything about the so-called leak. He was prosecuted for remembering something wrong in court.


30 posted on 11/20/2007 12:48:44 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Phantom Lord; SubGeniusX
Has there been a less qualified and more ineffective press secretary in the history of the white house than Scott McClellan?

No. He was always pale and soaking wet. He spoke with a shaky voice like he was about to puke. I think he did puke several times. He was a nervous wreck and the press ran all over him.
31 posted on 11/20/2007 12:49:09 PM PST by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: SubGeniusX

I bet his replacement has some similar stories. That could be why the replacement bailed after only 16 months.

The tell-alls may not be too kind to GW.


32 posted on 11/20/2007 12:52:25 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: SubGeniusX

no matter how ya spin it, Scotty, the whole Plame nonsense was. . . . . . . (how shall I put this diplomatically?) . . . . . . . NONSENSE!!!

You chiming in on it a day late and several dollars short don’t change the fact that there’s no THERE, there!!


33 posted on 11/20/2007 12:57:12 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: SubGeniusX

Well, Mr. Former Press Secretary, Scoter was not charged with outing Valerie Plame. H was charged with lying because he couldn’t rememer a casual conversation.

Richard Armitage fessed up to the prosecutor the first or second day of the alleged prosecution.

End of story.


34 posted on 11/20/2007 1:06:36 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (If it ain't Rugby or Bullriding, it's for girls.........................................)
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To: stratboy
It appears to be the retirement plan for incompetent bureaucrats. Leave office, figure out that you aren't going to make much money off of the lack of skill that you have demonstrated lately, so you write a book bashing Bush.

It doesn't matter if it is accurate. Liberals don't care about the facts. The accusation will provide lots of publicity to drive book sales and get this idiot lots of attention on liberal talk shows.

Because Bush is the president, he isn't entitled to sue for libel or slander even if what is said is an obvious lie because the supreme court thinks that being held accountable for telling something that at least resembles the truth would be an unreasonable infringement on political free speech.

35 posted on 11/20/2007 1:10:04 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: All

Scottie’s mom is a Democrat hack so what do your expect.

Scottie, Harreit Miers, Karl (no fence) Rove, and other Texas buds. were of no service to the Prez.
Especially Rove, the most overrated of all.


36 posted on 11/20/2007 1:10:16 PM PST by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: Jaysun

He was sadly pathetic....now he’s jsut PATHETIC!


37 posted on 11/20/2007 1:13:56 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: LexBaird

A drunk DeeDee Myers was still worth 10 Scott McClellans.


38 posted on 11/20/2007 1:15:01 PM PST by Steve_Stifler
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To: TexanToTheCore

Scot McC was obviously inept and now this idiot has a book?
Worthless pos and whiney juvenile!


39 posted on 11/20/2007 1:16:52 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: SubGeniusX

I can’t believe there is anyone who would care enough about the “CIA leak case” (Plame again???) to buy this book.


40 posted on 11/20/2007 1:22:02 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: SubGeniusX

Always thought he was a nancy-boy from day one. This just confirms my suspicions. Good job, instincts!


41 posted on 11/20/2007 1:23:57 PM PST by weeder
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To: Steve_Stifler

LOL!! I have to agree. Why Bush EVER kept him is beyond me and if someone was INSISTING that he stay on, then THAT person should be IMPRISONED!


42 posted on 11/20/2007 1:24:27 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SubGeniusX

“I stood at the White House briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It 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 president’s chief of staff and the president himself.”


He says “it was not true”? What was not true? The exoneration of Rove and Libby?

If Rove and Libby weren’t exonerated, then why is it that Fitzgerald didn’t charge them with a crime of leaking the name of a covert agent?

The only charge to come out of the entire witch-hunt was perjury against Libby. And that was determined because an ex-co-worker of Walter Pincus (who also happened to be a neighbor of Russert’s) convinced the other jurors that Russert and Pincus were more believable than Libby.

Is McClellan now saying that he tried to exonerate Libby of perjury, and he did it at the urging of the President?

McClellan is full of as many half-truths and inaccuracies in private life as he was while serving as press secretary.

I wonder if his name is on Larry Flynt’s Republican smear list?


43 posted on 11/20/2007 1:25:43 PM PST by bw17
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To: rineaux
"...I must admit, Bill Clinton, for all the crap he did, he had some real loyal subjects..."

Sandy Berger comes to mind...

44 posted on 11/20/2007 1:26:01 PM PST by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: SubGeniusX

Scott McClellan’s weakness, incompetence and breathtaking ineptitude were on display for every torturous minute of every press briefing. He was as talentless as he was slow-witted. The man was a plane crash wrapped inside a train wreck.

Bush has made some absolutely disastrous hiring decisions in his time in Washington. Scotty belongs near the top of that long list.


45 posted on 11/20/2007 1:26:14 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: SubGeniusX
EARTH TO SCOTT...................you're NO TONY SNOW.........................
46 posted on 11/20/2007 1:27:45 PM PST by soozla ("It is God's job to judge the terrorists....it is our job to arrange the meeting" - U.S. Marines)
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To: soozla

EARTH TO SCOT.....YOU”RE NO DANA!! SHE HAS BALLS!


47 posted on 11/20/2007 1:30:32 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: rineaux

The people in the Clinton administration are loyal to the AGENDA. No matter what it takes...lie, cheat or steal...it must be done.

Those on the Left don’t police themselves because the CAUSE is more important. Besides, if it feels good, do it.


48 posted on 11/20/2007 1:33:55 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: krb
What is this tool’s major malfunction?

He has a book to sell. Would anyone buy it if he didn't do this stuff?

49 posted on 11/20/2007 1:34:15 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SoCalPol
Especially Rove, the most overrated of all.

Ain't that the truth.

50 posted on 11/20/2007 1:34:38 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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