November 20, 2007 | Filed Under Law
The President can deny his involvement in federal crimes all he wants, but sooner or later the truth is going to come out and it’s going to sting. America needs some kind of justice, in fact ‘justice’ itself needs vindication, because it has been cast aside as anti-American for some time now. What are we going to do with this President? He outs a federal agent because her husband doesn’t like him and exonerates the one man that was a proven link to all of the corruption. Maybe President Bush’s biggest mistake in office from a personal standpoint, won’t be that he lied about Iraq, but that he was so interested in getting his friends off the hook that he’s going to end up taking the fall. The best part of it all is that he is responsible for violating the law and betraying the trust of American citizens and in the end, the right perpetrator may pay the ultimate price.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House is denying a claim in a new book by former White House spokesman Scott McClellan that top administration officials — including President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney — were involved in his “unknowingly” passing along false information about the involvement of Karl Rove and Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.
Amid a burgeoning controversy about the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s name, McClellan went to the White House podium in October 2003 and told reporters that Rove, the president’s top political adviser, and Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff, had not been involved.
“There was one problem. It was not true,” McClellan writes in his new book, “What Happened,” which is scheduled to be released in April. “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.”
Reacting to the release of an excerpt from McClellan’s book, which was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the book’s publisher, PublicAffairs, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said, “The president has not misled his spokespeople, nor would he.”
The portion of McClellan’s book released by PublicAffairs did not give any specifics about the actions of Bush, Cheney, Libby, Rove or then-Chief of Staff Andrew Card with regard to McClellan’s dissemination of the false information.
There was no immediate comment from McClellan, who served as White House press secretary from July 2003 until April 2006.
In the excerpt, McClellan writes that “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.”
In March, Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to investigators and a federal grand jury about his contacts with reporters concerning Wilson, the wife of Joe Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador who had accused the Bush administration of misrepresenting intelligence on Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
If you want to read the above article in its entirety, you can read it here: “ex-aide points finger at Bush for CIA leak“
In case you’re not familiar with why this is such a big deal, it can be summarized using a single word: TREASON.
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