Skip to comments.Dodd, Huckabee want answers on McClellan charges ("Plamegate")
Posted on 11/24/2007 5:03:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
It's hard to imagine that Scott McClellan's allegations that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were involved in the false exoneration of Karl Rove and Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame case will be treated as anything but another footnote in the truth-challenged history of the Bush administration. It will be the spring of 2008 before McClellan's book is published -- deep into a presidential race -- and we'll eat the paper this isn't printed on if either Democrats in Congress or Michael Mukasey will be willing to go to the wall then in a serious investigation of what really occurred back in the fall of 2003.
That's not to say it shouldn't happen, of course. As Chris Dodd said Tuesday, McClellan's allegations -- as vague as they are -- raise "several important questions that need to be answered. If in fact the President of the United of States knowingly instructed his chief spokesman to mislead the American people, there can be no more fundamental betrayal of the public trust."
Dodd is calling on Mukasey to launch an "immediate investigation" into McClellan's claims to "determine the facts of this case, the extent of any cover up and determine what the president knew and when he knew it."
We haven't heard any Republicans go quite that far. But in an appearance on "Hardball" Tuesday night, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said McClellan's charges are "serious" and that Bush himself ought to answer them. "Oh, I think he will have to respond to it, because the closeness and the fact that Scott McClellan was one of his most trusted aides and in the position of press secretary," Huckabee said.
There's been no word from the president yet -- he's relaxing at Camp David -- but the Associated Press has the not-so-specific denial from his current press secretary. Dana Perino said she's not sure exactly what McClellan is alleging, but whatever it is, Bush didn't do it. "The president has not and would not ask his spokespeople to pass on false information," she said.
Update: McClellan's publisher says the former White House press secretary didn't mean to suggest that the president lied to him about the role Libby and Rove played in outing Plame. "He told him something that wasn't true, but the president didn't know it wasn't true," Peter Osnos, the editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, tells Bloomberg News. "The president told him what he thought to be the case.'' Osnos offered no similar exoneration of Cheney.
Everybody already knows what occurred back in the fall of 2003 -- Dick Armitage leaked Valerie Plame's name.
Well, everybody except the writers at and readers of Salon.com apparently.
Mike Huckabee wants to take over the role of “MSM-approved Republican” from John McCain. He’s taken over many of McCain’s roles. For example, he has sold himself to the carbon trading lobby.
I am liking Governor Huckabee less and less.
Come to think of it, yet another way to waste millions of dollars from liberals on a losing cause, is actually a GOOD thing. Think Hillary Clinton. Think Barrack Obama. Think John Edwards.
They were discussing this on Hardball? I can't believe it.
It would be interesting to examine the brains of people like Chrissy who claim there was scandalous behavior by the administration, as opposed to the dirty trick perpetrated by the CIA, to see if they really believe it themselves.
There are a number of reasons to believe the law in question didn't apply to her.
A FREEPER came up with material on foreign websites concerning Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European Jewish genealogy. Valerie seemed to do that as a hobby. Her stuff was all over those websites ~ and for periods extending back into the days when she could possibly be an agent covered by the law.
Obviously Valerie didn't care, why should anyone else.
"W" is going to have to let some of our guys know the truth pretty soon.
n fact the President of the United of States knowingly instructed his chief spokesman to mislead the American people, there can be no more fundamental betrayal of the public trust.”
What’s the big deal... Billy Jeff Clinton did it repeatedly.
I Hate Huckabee.
“Osnos offered no similar exoneration of Cheney.”
Was there a need to?
I notice Osnos offered no exoneration of Sasquatch, either. Will Dodd subpoena Big Foot?
Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong with Washington
SUMMARY | EXCERPT
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. So 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.
I guess in their eagerness to bash Bush they missed this?
Apparently, he does.
How vile to throw darts at President and Party just before a critical general election. If he's unhappy about the Plame affair, he should keep his grits hole shut and not add to the cacaphony.
And watch out, he won't get the nomination and he'll be bitter and vengeful.....mark my words. We haven't heard the last of him and that other loose cannon, Ron Paul, either.
I put Huckabee on a par with that Judas son of the Dog. He's an angry man under that smiling Christian demeanor.
For crying out loud, there are presidential candidates on the Democratic side calling for driver’s licenses for illegals, want to force government socialized medicine on the poor and middle class, and who want to neuter our military.
And Huckabee is commenting on THIS??????
Won't happen...just sayin'
Like they even care.
What evidence does he have that it was not true? I am not aware of anything that shows this.
I ♥ Thompson.
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