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. Larry DuBois Loomis, CA

    Bush and Cheney MUST be investigated for TREASON!

    November 20, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. rhinehaj, Spartanburg, SC

    Well, if Bush didn't "mislead" them, who did? Why would McClellan lie now?

    November 20, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. eddie c. - pittsburgh, pa.

    Mr. McClellan is a past employee, therefore he is a big fat liar.

    November 20, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. kai, NYC, NY

    The President also says we do not torture.

    November 20, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Fred, Mountain View, CA

    They deny everything – including the fact that they were involved in the leak of an active undercover CIA agent's identity.

    Why don't we see some real reporting on this instead of just "he said/he said". Would any of the crack reporters at CNN like to take a look into what really happened?

    November 20, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Seattle, Washington

    They're at it again: the game of musical chairs. Of course, we don't expect Bush to come out proclaiming "Oh yes, McCellan is right, I misled him." I don't know why Stanzel didn't whine McCellan is just trying to market his book the way they did when when Musharraf, in his book, claimed the U.S. had threatened to bomb his country back to the stone age if he didn't cooperate in the war on terror after Sept. 11.

    November 20, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Vincent, Toronto, Canada

    Bush and Cheney lie and mislead people... what a shocker!

    November 20, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Gorbashov

    Traitors one and all!

    Impeach, now!!!

    November 20, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    It is amazing that anybody can believe anything that comes out of Bush's mouth or any of the other Administration mouthpieces. Unfortunately, this probably has merit. Looking back over the last 7 years it is hard to deny that things have never been what they have seemed on the surface of "spin." It is a tragedy that a man who roped in the religious right, (via Carl Rove) is open to so much discredit. Let us think about all the dead and wounded while others profited handsomely without any sacrifice as "public servants." "Public Serpents" sound like a better description. Is that really the American way? What is really happening in our "One Nation Under God." By the way, Hillary is not the answer either. Let us walk away from these political dynasties who's only interest is to serve themselves and their cronies and take back our country.

    November 20, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Clark B, Cincinnati OH

    This revelation simply proves the point that you don't EVER throw your press secretary under the bus. That guy goes out there everyday putting his name on the line. The Bush administration was happy to throw his name and credibility into the mud. I don't think there is any reason for us to consider this administration as anything but sleazy.

    November 20, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. Fred Guisse, Richmond, VA

    It doesn't matter what mclellan says or who was the ultimate perp. Messing with a persons life career, no matter what that career involved, for the sake of political vengence is the purist form of abuse of power. That this administration still has the secret within it somewhere untold is a stain I hope follows this administration through history as closely as it's achievements. If that was my wife I'd be up some suit's backside like a summer gnat.

    November 20, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. dot mafia, new york NY

    For 7 long years, it's been absolutely both stunning and horrifying to watch how the Bush "administration" has disseminated, and all of America has perceived, a warped reality due to the heavily biased mass media which this "administration" has so effectively utilized in it's ultra-patriotic propaganda. I've often wondered if this was how it felt to live in Nazi Germany during the 1930's, hearing and seeing the same sort of continuous lies to the public, creating an atmosphere of war and revenge and transmitted through patriotism.

    I still continue to believe that the ultra-patriotism which is so deeply ingrained in the American society, has been used, and continues to be used against the American people by this so-called "administration". It is morally and criminally wrong.

    November 20, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Tim - Las Vegas, NV

    typical for this w.h. ... lies, lies, everone – from the president and vice president on down – lies

    November 20, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    As a dupe or with complicity McClellan was misled by President Bush.
    The information passed on by McClellan was false.
    If a Democrat would misled then the Republicans would call that lying.

    November 20, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Armin Baur, Litchfield, CT 065759

    Of course Bush would mislead his people. He is an unscrupelous man who has not regard for human rights. He is a Texas cowboy who with hsi fathers money and influence mad it thru two Ivy league schools. Unfortunatly, America has been damaged by this moron and will pay a dear price for all of his bad decisions , lies and corruption.

    November 20, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. Stein, Ward Dallas, Texas

    The question is did the President let the others mislead his spokesman?
    Please ask that question at the next briefing and ask if those who misled have suffered any consequences from the President.

    November 20, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    “The President has not misled his spokespeople, nor would he,” .... never mislead ... outright lie but never mislead ....

    Amazing that another loyal Bushie is finally telling the truth ... got tired of being left to spin in the wind.

    November 20, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. MC- Atlanta,GA

    The more people come forward with the true extend of the breaches in laws, democracy, and trust of this administration, the more Bush Denies it.

    Cmon- this guy was a close friend of Bush – if he is lying I don't know who is telling the truth!

    November 20, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Oscar Dunlap MO

    If you believe that statement from teh whitehouse, I have some ocean front in Kansas I will sell cheap.

    November 20, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Correct. The President didn't mislead. He lied.

    November 20, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Lynne, Euless, TX

    And why should we believe anything Bush tells us? He doesn't "mislead" this nation - he lies to us. What a pathetic excuse for a President.

    November 20, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. DT, Wisconsin

    Why is Valerie Plame still an issue?

    Seriously- the name of the person that divulged her name to Robert Novak is Richard Armitage. Not Rove, not Libby, not Cheney, not Bush- no matter how much the media salivated over the prospect of it being one of them. And Armitage wasn't charged with breaking any laws, remember?

    McClellan seems bitter that he had to take the brunt of criticism for the President for so long. Whatever helps him sell his book, I guess.

    November 20, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. justin, kansas city, mo

    yet more evidence that we need to impeach these fellas.

    November 20, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Don't vote for hate

    McClellen never claimed he was mislead. He claimed he was ordered to lie. HUGE difference.

    November 20, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. Pat, Portland, Ore.

    lie, lie, lie, deny, deny, deny the truth is out and no one believes anything this white house says they are lying, cheating, corporate thieves that sell others blood for their gain.
    There is nothing patriotic about the Patriot Act, theres nothing clean about the clean air initiative, the mission is not accomplished, Iraq is not free, Osama has not been captured, security does not equal giving up our rights that our ancestors fought for, and tax increases don't affect the majority of americans only the top 1%. And tell me how NAFTA, CAFTA helps americans, sending our jobs overseas so companies can have products made cheaper and tell us they are passing the savings onto the consumer, yeah right. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    November 20, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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