What Happened, Scott?
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news
conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according
to a brief excerpt released Monday. "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."
Until the book comes out (due out in April), and we know the excerpt in its full context (think: the Alan Greenspan quote about Iraq being a war for oil), I have nothing to critique.
But do have a question:
So....when's the 60 Minutes interview?
And will George Bush come out with a "tell-all", outing himself on 60 Minutes when he retires? Good grief!
Well, here's an interesting update even as I type:
MSNBC News Services
updated 1 minute ago
WASHINGTON - Former
White House spokesman Scott McClellan does not believe President Bush lied to
him about the role of White House aides I. Lewis Scooter Libby or Karl Rove in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, according to McClellan's publisher.
Peter Osnos, the founder and editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, which is publishing McClellan's book in April, tells NBC from his Connecticut home that McCLellan, "Did not intend to suggest Bush lied to him."
Osnos says when McClellan went before the White House press corps in 2003 to publicly exonerate Libby and Rove, the problem was that his statement was not true. Osnos said the president told McClellan what "he thought to be the case." But, he says, McClellan believes, "the president didn't know it was not true."
Osnos says the quotes which appeared on the Public Affairs Books website
were part of the roll out of the book catalogues for the spring printings. And
he says McClellan had not finished the manuscript for the memoir yet and was
working under deadline to have the book completed for the April
Hat tip: Flopping Aces