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Dodd, Huckabee want answers on McClellan charges ("Plamegate")
Salon ^ | November 21, 2007 | Tim Grieve

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.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; US: Texas; War on Terror
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To: Blue Highway

Can you teach me?

Nite now...til tomorrow.

41 posted on 11/25/2007 1:34:47 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.

42 posted on 11/25/2007 1:55:24 AM PST by Gator113
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To: Ouderkirk
What’s the big deal... Billy Jeff Clinton did it repeatedly.

Besides, letting the public know the truth about Wilson's "fact finding trip" wasn't "misleading the public".

43 posted on 11/25/2007 2:00:41 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Let's not forget who Scott McClellan's mother is.

McCellan is the worse press secretary I can remember. I never understood how he got the job.

44 posted on 11/25/2007 4:38:34 AM PST by lonestar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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...

45 posted on 11/25/2007 4:47:19 AM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Shelayne

I never did like him.he creeps me out and he is not truthful

46 posted on 11/25/2007 4:49:16 AM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: casino66

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.

47 posted on 11/25/2007 5:36:28 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: MinuteGal

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.

48 posted on 11/25/2007 6:22:55 AM PST by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: Ouderkirk

Certain people get “Free from Media Scrutiny” passes because their “hearts” are in the liberal dogma.

49 posted on 11/25/2007 6:24:01 AM PST by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: Evil_Bok

And the line will get longer. But in the meantime, he just might knock Romney out of the race.

50 posted on 11/25/2007 8:29:34 AM PST by samtheman (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Salon hearts the Arkansas Huckster.

51 posted on 11/25/2007 8:44:21 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: Ouderkirk

You may have already read this article:

“Bill Clinton will get his chance in the Iowa caucuses after all.

“The Democrat who skipped campaigning in the state during his own bid for the presidential nomination is stepping up his role as chief advocate for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

“Meanwhile, her leading opponents for the Democrats’ nomination subtly but persistently point out the former president’s failures for which they say the New York senator shares responsibility.

“Bill Clinton’s shadow over the 2008 nominating race creates potential pitfalls for his wife and for her opponents. Hillary Clinton risks being seen as something other than her own candidate, while her opponents risk offending Iowa Democrats who revere the former president.”

52 posted on 11/25/2007 10:02:33 AM PST by casino66 ( If I vote Dem I'll get everything 'free')
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