June 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
7 years ago

McClellan doubts Bush knew about CIA leak

Scott McClellan testified before Congress Friday.
Scott McClellan testified before Congress Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former Bush spokesman said Friday he did not think the president knew about the leak of a CIA agent's identity, but refused to give the same assurances about Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I do not think the president had any knowledge" of the revelation of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity, Scott McClellan said at a House Judiciary committee hearing. "In terms of the vice president, I do not know."

McClellan said the White House is still concealing information about its role in the leak of a CIA agent's identity.

"This matter continues to be investigated by Congress because of what the White House has chosen to conceal from the public," McClellan said. "Despite assurances that the administration would discuss the matter once the Special Counsel had completed his work, the White House has sought to avoid public scrutiny and accountability."

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soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Kenneth M

    THEY MUST HAVE GOT TO HIM. JUST WATCH HIM START TO RETRACT EVERY THING HE HAS SAID SO FAR.

    June 20, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Tori

    Just goes to show how much of an idiot is the president.

    June 20, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. NickNas

    LOL Looks like he got " That" Call. He is remembering these guys can make a person Disappear!

    Bush is going to get away with robbing this country blind and killing thousands of our kids for no reason. You can BANK on it.

    THIS is what you people voted for so YOU share the blame.

    June 20, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. White House Hiding Stuff…Oh My

    The White House keeping stuff from the public is this really new info. I am not surprised one bit.

    June 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. me

    this administration is full of criminals

    June 20, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Texas

    Yeah right!

    June 20, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Matt

    Good to see our congress is wasting more of our time and money on a non-issue.

    Now watch the dems claim he is lying now.

    Last week they were carrying him around on their shoulder for being an honest whistleblower, now that he is under oath, and the truth comes out, he'll be the enemy of democrats once again.

    democrats hate honesty

    June 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. demwit

    But what does CNN think!!??

    June 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Andy J, NY

    Matt-
    i was going to say the same thing. Couldn't agree more.

    June 20, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Franky

    To be honest guys, I don't know what to believe anymore. This Administration is one of the most unusual Administrations I have ever seen in my lifetime....

    To be honest, I don't know what they believe in....

    June 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    It was always the price of darkness himself Cheney

    June 20, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Of course Bush didn't know. He has the IQ of my pet rock.

    June 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Chipster

    John Diulio wrote a 5-page scathing report when he left the Faith-Based Initiative office, accusing the Bush Administration of using every agency as a political tool. He called them "Mayberry Machiavellis. In no time at all, he was retracting and dropped off the map.

    Paul O'Neill wrote a critical book and boldly said on one of the morning news shows that he was old and rich so there was nothing they could to him. Hmmmm, never heard much more about him. Again, dropped out of sight and I wonder if he even finished his book tour.

    I don't know what power they have but they obviously have it – kinda scary.

    June 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Daughters over party

    Guess the Bush Admin made "the Call"..too bad i was starting to like this guy

    June 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. independent for O

    bush was well aware of everything going on at that level.we'll never know who did what ,when,because that's the way this administration works.plausible deniability.this entire admin. should be prosecuted for war crimes.

    June 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Bill

    This guy "doesn't think" and "doesn't know". So why is he "testifying"? If he doesn't know, etc., how can he say the White House is concealing or not concealing anything? This guy's just got an axe to grind and the House is happy to accomodate him. No biz like showbiz.

    June 20, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. MD FOR OBAMA

    Enough already of Bush and his terrorist organized criminals in the white house!

    Oh God please don't let him step foot inside the door when the Saudis negotiate how they plan to release more oil. I do not trust Bush to make any good decisions for this country.

    June 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Tejano

    Congress has more important matters on their agenda than to revisit old bones, just for political gain.
    They are also investigating the death of a race horse.

    How about tackling these issues.

    1. Illegal Immigration
    2. Oil Independence
    3. Mortgage foreclosures]
    4. Insurance and Stock Fraud on Wall Street
    5. Veterans hospitals
    6. Military spending
    7. Balancing the budget
    8. IRS Reform
    9. Judicial intervention (legislating from the bench).
    10. Election reform (closing 527's)

    June 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. larry buchas

    I believe him. Bush was too stupid to see these thugs running circles around him. He's been Deadeye Dick Cheney's puppet for 8 years.

    This has been an administration run by a wooden-headed puppet.

    June 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. NoMcSame

    Out of office and into JAIL for Cheney. Cheneys first name is so fitting for him.
    PUMA people Hillary is still waiting for you to send her some money to help her with her bills. Come on and show us Obama supporters how much you love her and send her your money. Your lip service is not helping her at all. We don't fear you as you can see. Obama doesn't care about you as you can see so help the one that you CLAIMED stood up for you. MONEY is what she needs.
    Obama08 with or without you PUMA people

    June 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. ProundToBeADemocrat

    What makes me sick is the people who voted for this Idiot for two terms and still thinking to vote for Mccain this year. This Suckers need to be educated, this nation can not afford to have republican party anymore we need to eliminate this people very soon before they totally destroy our country. Karl Rove is a potato head crock and fat pig he needs to be arrested and put in jail for good.

    June 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Daniel, WA

    This is the charade from democrats to show public that they are doing a good job in their investigation. They are just using our money and their time for such political purpose and to score points.

    June 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Jerry in Fresno

    Buyer beware!

    Double agent, sinner, or fool.

    Why buy anything this pathetic creature is peddling?

    June 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Bruce

    McClellan needs to get off the fence. He wants to imply that deceit was the modus operandi at the White House, but doesn't want to actually accuse anyone of anything. They lied about the content of their tax package in 2000, lied about the cost of the medicare reform bill that was packed with goodies for the pharma companies, lied about Iraq being a threat to us, about Iraq being tied to 9/11, lied about permanent tax brekas helping a) the housing prices, b.) the mortgage crisis, c.) the economy. Now they are pretending that coastal and Alaskan drillng will bring gas prices down. Are they ever honest about anything?

    June 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Matt: honestly

    Republicans love honesty. They were so honest about WMDs. They were so honest about Al Quaida being in Iraq. They were so honest with Halburton, oil investments etc. Republicans are about as honest as a pathological liar.

    June 20, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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