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. Jack, Fort Myers, Florida

    Big suprise. Did any body expect: "OK, we concede, the President and VP lied to the nation". As with all GW and Cheney's other machinations the ones who will be sacrificed are the soldiers not the generals. I predict his legacy prove to be a deceitful, perhaps more so, than Nixons when everything we don't know but suspect is known.

    November 21, 2007 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  2. Frank tulsa, ok

    Oh boy another one comes out of the closet and tells it like it is. Hurry up repubs, start getting the spin details of how he has been bi-polar for the last eight years, is just 'wanting to sell a book', or that something innocuous happened to him that he misunderstood and now has an axe to grind blah....blah..blah...

    He should have an axe to grind, these ruthless baffoons wouldn't spare their own children if it meant buying more time to reconfigure REALITY.

    How many more ex-aides and cabinet members need to come out and say these guys are corrupt, ruthless and inept in every capacity of their 'governance'? There's so many it's hard to keep track anymore. The only thing Bush et al are good at is utter stupidity. Say what you want about the Wilson/Plame case, but this is an epic screw-up.

    Hurry up Jerry, Brad, Ryan get your thinking caps on and talk about how great we have it in the land of straight talk and values.

    November 21, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  3. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Looks like Scott McClellan might have a conscious after all.
    Wait, I doubt that.....

    November 21, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  4. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    I am not surprised. Nothing about Bush surprises me anymore. "he speak with forked tongue" hits the nail right on the head when it comes to Bush. I did vote for this boob, and I regret it. I will NEVER vote for any GOP candidates ever again. You guys do not care about our country, or at least the people in it. The GOP only cares about getting themselves rich and how many people they have to step on. They send aid to other countries and yet, right down the street we have kids and vets living on our streets, and Bush veto’s the SCHIP bill. The GOP is not for the little guy, which I am.

    November 21, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. Independent in IA

    Surely you can believe the White House spokesman, people....he would NEVER mislead the press or the public....and I have 10 acres of beachfront property in Kansas...

    November 21, 2007 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  6. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    This President lies so often, he probably doesnt even know he's doing it any more.

    November 21, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  7. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    Descrambler: "I am not a crook"!
    Sound familiar?

    November 21, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. Mike, Fox River Grove, IL

    “The President has not misled his spokespeople, nor would he,”

    Right. And Bin Laden loves Kosher food.

    November 21, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Rodney Dallas TX

    Of course they'll deny it. The White House and Bush Administration has been lying to the America people for the last 7 years and unfortunately, still have a year to go. Congress needs to impeach this president and vice president and have an interim president take over until the elections. Bush and Cheney are no longer safe for this country.

    November 21, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. trust? no way ny ny

    would anybody in the U.S. believe that they in the administration would admit to any wrongdoing? come on people, after all the trash they have thrown to us, the citizens, of this once great country, look at their faces and you see the DEVIL.

    November 21, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. RAINIE FT MYERS, FL

    IMPEACHMENT IS THE ANSWER TO THIS MESS. ALL OF THEM NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

    November 21, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. spinstopper

    Who was convicted of leaking Valerie Plame's name to the media?

    November 21, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. demwit

    Bush, once a puppet, has now become the mad genious puppet master. I wonder which is worse, Bush's deep evil laugh or Hillary's divergent cackle..

    November 21, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    Nobody wants to impeach a sitting President! Although, in my opinion THIS Presidents actions warrant worst suffering. Forget it! After Nixon and the aftermath (a la Ford and his pardon) it is a waste of time and money. Because Cheney would definitely give him a pardon! Better to let the people decide and kick his butt...and any other GOP butt out of the White House. The RNC "playbook" is used up. Even the dirty tricks are turned against them. Carl Rove is now rambling incoherently on the sidelines and the Bush Dynasty is over. The current contenders are grappling trying to hang on to an angry base of lunatics–while trying to reach out to reasonable Americans. It's over. Finally the War On America started by Newt Gingrich and his thugs-will be over soon. The only thing close to a Reagan out there is Arnold–and he cannot run (yet). And if he did...I may even vote for him. He would be a breath of fresh air to the current cadre seeking to lead the nation! He's done a pretty good job in California–and at least he is trustworthy.

    November 21, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The things to think about are these:
    Did McClellan really know then that he was misinforming the press and the country?

    Why did McClellan come out with it now?

    How did he come to the conclusion that he misinformed the country?

    Should it really be that surprising that this administration screwed up and outed a covert agent?

    Robert Novak should be convicted of revealing the name of a CIA agent. I don't care if the CIA agent is covert or open about working for the CIA; those names should not be released in any way. Robert Novak was wrong to release the name in any case!

    November 21, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. RIghtyTighty

    I use to love watching the "we hate Bush" crowd. But now, with Iraq beginning to feel comfortable in it's democracy, it’s almost sad to see them still committed to the wrong side of history. Bush is a war criminal!! ..because he ordered an illegal invasion and brought chaos upon the world. Except, the New York Times admitted today that the surge is working and life is returning to normality in Iraq. ABC, NBC, CBS and Newsweek have also been forced to make this same admission. Surprise, surprise, the disastrous war the dems have been crowing about is becoming a fine feather of Iraqi Freedom in Bush’s cap.

    Oh, did you notice the scientists that figured out how to make embryonic stem cells from adult skin cells? Yeap, nullifing the need to kill test-tube babies. And let’s not forget about the U.N. admitting to vastly overstating the number of AIDS cases worldwide. I wonder what Bono will says about the U.N. lies?

    Were these not all dem talking points against Bush? Heads up dems, Bush is not a war criminal. If you keep this up, you’ll lose the election and become nothing more than an entertaining case of dementia.

    November 21, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    McClellan is obviously yet another America-hating left wing whacko Liberal trying to smear this grand Cheney/Bush presidency. Next thing you know some Liberal wing nut who also resigned will claim that Bush and Cheney lied about WMDs in Iraq, or that Saddam was involved with Bin Laden and 9-11, or that they had Colin Powell give false evidence of those claims both to the UN and the American people, or that they made the EPA and NASA wster down climate change reports, or that...........

    November 21, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. J Houston, TX

    And let’s not forget about the U.N. admitting to vastly overstating the number of AIDS cases worldwide.
    And yet we're supposed to trust them that "global warming" is a real threat. I, as a scientist, think this "scientific concensus" is absurd.

    November 21, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Jim - Chicago

    Wouldn't be something if Cheney resigns and then says .. George made me do it!!

    IMPEACH! IMPEACH! IMPEACH!

    November 21, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. David Columbus, OH

    Presidential candidate Dennis K. sent a bill (?) to Congress to have Bush impeached but it failed. Why?! Congress is not working for America, because America wants these guys impeached and kicked out of Washington (literally).

    November 21, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Christopher, Madison, WI

    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.

    And why would we believe Novak. Last time I checked he was a convicted felon from none other than the Nixon administration. Nice try. Please keep us abreast of developing old talking points from FauxNoise.

    November 21, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    For the last seven years we have witnessed how pathological lliers, namely: disaster George Bush and sicko Dick Cheney transformed lying into a popular profession.
    American families are dinintegrating.
    Prison populations in America are exploding.
    Cities and bridges are collapsing.
    Citizen's homes are being repossessed.
    Bank and financial institutions are going bankrupt.
    Still disaster George Bush and sicko Dick Cheney are lying.
    Gas prices are skyroketing.
    Inflation is out of control.
    America's Best GIs are dying.
    War veterans are committing suicide.
    Current administration's debts cannot be calculated.
    Kids at schools cannot learn basic education.
    Moral and Christian values of our religious leaders are disintegrating.
    Our borders are being wide open to DPs and whoever wants to come to America.
    Still pathological liers are lying.
    Is this the legacy of Disaster George Bush ?
    I am a Republican and I believe what Scott McClellan says.
    A friendly advice to Stanzel: Shut your mounth now so that you will not regret later on.
    That's the way is was when Disaster George Bush was President.
    AMEN

    November 21, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    Is anyone really surprised by this?

    By the way righty/tighty, it does not matter about the surge working, the real reason they were there was to give the government there time to get it together, which they have not. Are we going to stay until they do? And I would hardly say that they are getting comfortable with their democracy. Huh? Just like most of Bush's dillusional supporters to cloud over details. When the surge ends in the spring (we can't afford any extension) violence will probably start again. The fact is the invasion was based on a lie, no matter how much you want to gloss it over.

    Stem cell research again showing your ignorance. If it had not been for embryonic research, the researchers would have never discovered they could do this. Another words, if embryonic stem cell research had been shut down from day one then we would not be where we are today.

    November 21, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Matt, Houston, TX

    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.

    Posted By DT, Wisconsin : November 20, 2007 8:42 pm

    Why, DT? Because what they did was TREASON in a time of war. That is a capital offense, should be thoroughly investigated and those responsible punished. Being against the death penalty but very rpo-punishment, a nice long stint in Leavenworth would be just the thing for these traitors.

    The fact that Armitage did not get charged shows the extent of the power this president abused to protect himself and all of his cronies. Besides, Armitage, being a very loyal Bushie was probably told that he should take the blame and they would protect him . . . wait a minute, he confessed he leaked her name but didn't get charged . . . hmm.

    Let's see, should we still be thinking about an act of treason by the highest officials in public office or a BJ by an intern . . . hmm, decisions, decisions. DT, if they went after Bill for that BJ (maybe offensive to some but definitely not a capital offense), going after these guys for TREASON seems pretty reasonable to me.

    As usual, someone who is sympathetic to the traitors attacks McClellan rather than addressing the issue. Typical right wingnut tactic, if you can't effectively dispute the issue, attack the messenger.

    November 21, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Tom Mobile, AL

    And let’s not forget about the U.N. admitting to vastly overstating the number of AIDS cases worldwide.

    And yet we're supposed to trust them that "global warming" is a real threat. I, as a scientist, think this "scientific concensus" is absurd.

    Posted By J Houston, TX : November 21, 2007 10:32 am

    I didn't know that the UN was primarily a 'scientific' entity. Sounds to me like your discounting scientific consenses based on a faulty AIDS numbers from the UN. Newsflash, I don't think it's the UN that is the primary datasource for Global Warming. I guess I'm confused that a scientist such as yourself is citing faulty AIDS UN data to undermine Global Warming. In science, 'trust' is not quatitative so I find it strange and somewhat dubious that you would even use that terminology for the basis of your opinion. The UN's credibilty is not the issue, we know that they are about as credible as our government.

    November 21, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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