June 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 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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  1. Chris P

    @Jeff D

    I agree wholeheartedly Jeff. Bush was the puppet and now McCain is also!!! These boys want to start the oil drilling around here because that's what oilmen do ... keep the liquid gold flowing for generations and get them in control of whatever oil remains out there... I have just one question. "How much money/power is enough for these guys?" God help us all!

    June 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. ProundToBeADemocrat

    I beleive Scott McClellan when he said Bush did not Know about this. His admistration is run by cheny, Rove,libby and many other crocks, Bush is a symbol his IQ is lower than my dog.

    June 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Joe Regis

    The Republicans took the campaign to my

    home town today, Ottawa, Canada.

    Nobody knows the repubs are here.

    Obama 08 & 12!

    June 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    While watching the hearing, I noticed how the Republicans on the panel were throwing darts at McClellan.

    Why are the Republicans so defensive? No need to protect the Bush Regime now. .

    BUSH: I am not a CROOK.

    June 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Tom Eyemdaman

    You Democrats make me laugh. You're ready to believe him when he tells you something bad about the White House, but you won't believe him when he says something that isn't.

    You're a bunch of hypocrites.

    June 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Raymond Duke

    This is a waste of time. He is just going to get publicity for his book to improve the sales. I agreed with Bush on Afghanistan except for the way he fought it and trying nation building. He should have let the soviets have it but we got involved and ended up getting paid back by Osama. Bush should have destroyed afganistan and most of the inhabinates with it. The hell with nation building. The reason for war is to conquer and oversee or to destroy a threat. I say use the most effective means you got and destroy. "kill them all and let God sort out the good ones".Most americans with a brain know that Iraq was mothing but a corporate move by this administration.

    June 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Chad, Wisco

    All this proves is.... NOTHING!!! All you conspiricy freaks need to chill out. I believe he wrote the book for money, but I wont discount anything he's saying because I wasnt there and dont know. Everyone needs to quit complaining about how horrible it is here now, if its so bad move to another country. Americans are still better off than 99% of the world, if we are truly so spoiled to not be satisfied with that, then move.

    June 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. The Bush Twins : George and John

    There are alot of things Bush had(has) no "knowledge" of, and considering he's the president, that's just not a good thing. He should know what his people are up to. It's pretty obvious the man just hasn't been on top of things the way he should (be) have been. As far a Cheney goes he should definitley be charged with crimes against the people. But he'll get away, they always do.
    And then they wonder why people are so "bitter".

    June 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Matt and Andy,

    After 7 years of this crap, to even hear you say that makes me sick to my stomach.


    June 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. DM, Arlington TX


    June 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    It looks like another understudy of Nixon, with one exception.....Bush is going to leave office honorably....to late.....to soon.

    June 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Brian

    Incompetent criminals. There's little doubt Bush was kept in the dark while Cheney broke the law. That pretty much sums up the past eight years.

    June 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. KMAN

    Just goes to show what a shameless lame moron we have masquerading as a president! It is to America's great shame that such a talentless stupid boob could steal the WH twice in a row!

    June 20, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Phil, FL

    And some of the "blue collar uneducated" want McWarmonger to be elected.

    Four more wars – oops – for more years of the same idiocy?

    June 20, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    They must have threatened his life.
    Don't drive your car Scotty, the brake lines might have been cut.

    June 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Pam

    Of course he didn't know. His handlers only tell him the bare minimum they think he needs to know.

    June 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Chad, Wisco

    Go ahead and impeach Bush. If you dont remember, we impeached Clinton. I even think Jefferson might have been impeached back in the day. That doesnt do anything. Dont post things you dont understand.

    June 20, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. yardstylze

    Dan Abrams showed footage he uncovered of a Fox News interview with John McCain on March 13, 2008, in which McCain said, "I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company."

    Abrams thinks McCain's comments could undermine the "right wing's steady attacks against Michelle Obama."

    June 20, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. rightytighty

    Anybody out there actually want to own up to buying this fools book?

    June 20, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. teri

    It was Bush's responsibility to educate himself in all issues impacting Americans. The buck stops at his desk! Perhaps, he was ineducable.

    Not only should "the worst president in U.S. history" be impeached, he should be tried for war crimes. He isn't just a horrible president, he is a criminal. He will go down in history as the worst president in history on all environmental and ecological issues that impact the entire globe. Indeed, is there one positive to be said about this pathetic homo sapien!

    June 20, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I believe him, Dubya does strike me as someone who has no idea whats going on........why should this be any different?

    June 20, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. BR

    Let's see, I don't know, I am not sure. But hey, if you Kool-Aid drinking libs think that is earth shattering testimony that Bush is a crook, then keep the tin foil hats on. Seriously, we are in a world of trouble with you people.

    June 20, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. William, from Cali

    Look, this is 'olde' news; let's move on.......What does it matter now? The damage has been done; the "Cat" has been let out of the bag, and it wasn't klilled..........move on! Now, for those that are concerned now; where was you, "back then"? What are your "true" motives, in enlightening the rest of us, now?

    June 20, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. ABB

    "Matt"and cronies:-you win the prize for the stupidest comment of the week.."Democrats hate honesty"..seriously, an idiotic statement. ...
    I do believe, though, that Bush might have been left in the dark by his handlers, I think that is a distinct possibllity...but, he still looks happy as hell with himself...ignorance is bliss to your current president...has been for over 7 years....

    June 20, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. becky

    Oh sorry, on this issue... Please we do not need a book to tell us we got screwed over and lied to about this war and anything else that goes on in Washington. Not only from Bush but the whole lot of them. That does include McCain.

    June 20, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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