November 20th, 2007
07:43 PM ET
5 years ago

White House denies Bush misled spokesperson on CIA leak

McClellan was White House press secretary at the time of the CIA leak investigation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House spokesman Scott Stanzel denied accusations leveled at President Bush Tuesday by former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan. The accusations flow from an excerpt released from McClellan’s forthcoming book where he blames the president and other high-ranking White House officials for prompting him to “unknowingly pass along false information” as it related to the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

“The President has not misled his spokespeople, nor would he,” Stanzel said in a statement.

–CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux


Filed under: President Bush • Scooter Libby • Valerie Plame
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Michael, Peachtree City, Ga

    Does anyone else enjoy the irony of the President's new spokesperson assuring us that Bush never deceives his spokespersons? How would she know? He is one himself.

    November 21, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Chuck, Pittsburgh PA

    someone asked why Plame is and issue??? Maybe because her husband wanted to tell the world that Iraq was not the threat that Bush needed them to be to justify a war. It shows that Bush purposely tried to mislead the public and look at the results. More Americans dead that 9/11! More Iraqi civilians dead than can be accurately counted! Muslim anti-American sentiments higher than ever in history! Highest oil prices in years! This is why Plame still matters!

    November 21, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    "The President has not misled his spokespeople, nor would he"....but he had no problem misleading the UN and Congress and America's people first about WMDs, then the Saddam-9/11 link, now his new obsession, an IRAN-WMDs link. Why lead America with honorable pragmatic principles that make us safe and respected and prosperous when you can meet your own personal ego agenda as an UNelected President with habitual deceit and making others fall on their swords?

    November 21, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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