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.
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.
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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
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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!