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.
yes. somebody on hucks staff should have told him ....now, when the lardballer brings this up you say...
‘well crissy you have gone up the creek into fantasy land yet again....you see i’ve read all of what that famous serial swift boater for truth ANN COULTER has written about this Plame silliness in her columns and have correctly concluded that it is what it is.......a steaming shovel full of crapola....sort of like your ratings lad, crapola....now you got anything important to yap about?’
bye bye Huckster.... we never knew ya and never wanted to
No, not us anyways, he's playing to his audience and hoping to attract a few more nuts to his batch of idiot granola.
As they admitted to in the blog roundtable thing last week, the facts don't matter.
i think he stepped in it,lol.
As far as I know, McClellan hasn’t really charged anything.
“Whats the big deal... Billy Jeff Clinton did it repeatedly”
I think it had something to do with the big D after BJ’s name.
Think it had something to do with the book needing a ‘hook’ to bump sales. Otherwise, who the heck wants to read anything by McClellan? B O R I N G
It's incredible how some trivial machinations by an insignificant anti-Bush partisan working in the CIA headquarters was morphed into a supposedly major scandal...just cotton candy compared to a real scandal. Unfortunately 95% of the historians writing histories of the Bush administration will be leftists ready to take all negative allegations against Bush and those loyal to him at face value.
“Well, theyre serious allegations, but we dont know yet whether theyre true. Scotts not saying this under oath. Its not being denied under oath. And I have a feeling that before its all finished through the wash, thats whats going to happen.
But these are serious allegations. They deserve to be thoroughly examined, investigated, and the truth brought to the American people.”
“Well, theres a big, long line of people who dont like me that much... “ -Huckabee
It is a testament to the persistent tacit alliance of the corporate media with the Republican Party (to ensure favorable big media regulations, tax cuts, and anti-trust favors) that damage done to the national security of the United States -- authorized in all likelihood by the President of the United States and most certainly orchestrated by the Vice-President of the United States -- is either roundly ignored or dismissed as insignificant.
Scott McClellan did not pen a rogue statement in his forthcoming book. What he said is entirely consistent with the information disclosed at the Libby trial, and even ironically with the defensive strategy of Libbys own legal team, which was to position "Scooter" as a fall guy for the White House.
That may have, indeed, been the sole true assertion made on behalf of Mr. Libby.
BUZZFLASH EDITOR'S BLOG
This is a way for the media to try to start another investigation they have used this same tactic in the pass, for another situation I am try to remember which one it was.
I think all good people should boycott this kind of news source!
Huckabee is a “maverick” Republican, don’t you know....
Publisher: McClellan doesn’t believe Bush lied
Spokesman ‘did not intend to suggest’ the president purposely misled him
White House spokesman stepping down VIDEO
April 19: With President Bush at his side, White House press secretary Scott McClellan announces his resignation
My browser couldn’t go there.
However, in your excerpt, I didn’t see any mention of Armitege.
Huckabee hasn’t taken it over...
The DBM LOVE having someone who is to their liking.
Big time bump!
How did you do that. ;o)
Simply magic my dear!
Can you teach me?
Nite now...til tomorrow.
I for one, will NEVER, under any circumstances, vote for a candidate that bashes president Bush. If they can’t get votes without this lib crap, screw them, as they didn’t deserve my vote anyway.
God, I pray that we don’t get a traitorous dem criminal that will completely finish off this once great country. But it sure looks like we could.
Huckabee you fool, you just kicked a wet cow-pie on a hot day. That stink on your boot..... ain’t going to just fall easy, boy.
Besides, letting the public know the truth about Wilson's "fact finding trip" wasn't "misleading the public".
McCellan is the worse press secretary I can remember. I never understood how he got the job.
I most definately agree that this should be FULLY investigated. I, for one, would like to know why the prosecution of Libby continued AFTER the prosecutor KNEW the truth about the “outing” of an over-paid secretary and DC party girl. I would LOVE to know WHY nothing was done when her “boy toy” returned from his “ambassadorial” “fact-finding” “mission” and chose to write his OPINIONS about Iraq in the NYT rather than give the president the info first. I would LOVE to know WHY nothing was done when these two worthless human beings lied, under oath, before Congress. Finally, I would like to know WHY there was no investigation done about the prosecutor and his abuses of his office.
I guess this will happen AFTER the investigations into just what Berger stole from the archives...
I never did like him.he creeps me out and he is not truthful
Heck, Senator Incitatus (Clintigula’s horse) continues to lie daily and the MSM never, ever holds her accountable for her lapses in ethics, or her lapses in memory. FBI Files, Craig Livingstone, Cattle Futures, and on and on.
The thought of the Treasonous, Rapist, Impeached President returning to the WH is a pox that should not even be considered. That his horse even is under consideration is mind boggling.
I think Huckabee is as “harmless as that other little fuzzball” Rush Limbaugh. He is just trying to win some cauci and primaries against great odds, even trying to win over some liberals. I think his “socialism” would have been confined to AR where “socialistic” practices are expected. As for being loyal to GWB, that has never been a two-way street.
Certain people get “Free from Media Scrutiny” passes because their “hearts” are in the liberal dogma.
And the line will get longer. But in the meantime, he just might knock Romney out of the race.
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