June 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
12 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. independent for O

    he knew,he's just too dumb to know he knew.and to dumb to know the consequences.he's not guilty,by reason of mental retardation,but,cheney and the rest knew exactly what they were doing,and they should be jailed for endangering the cover of ms. plaime,former cia operative.bush should be put in a federal mental institution.g'itmo?

    June 20, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. independent

    put them in guantanamo,with the rest of the terrorists!

    June 20, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Bishop

    I believe it. Bush knows NOTHING, obviously...

    June 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Phil Proud Republic from MA

    McClellan you are no better then the men you "accuse" of all these things. Its funny how you are profiting off of this with you new book and all.

    As for all of you leaving these comments learn something about politics and war before making those stupid comments.

    God bless our brave troops.

    June 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. independent

    nice to see a man of honor,like this ,speak the truth,when the whole nation seems to be against him.i hope he gets rich off of his book.im going to buy 10 copies and give them as gifts between now and nov.

    June 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Saad from NJ

    Because of my dislike for President Bush and for a fact knowing about our evil Vice President, I honestly thought this guy was real. But when I saw him in two appearances including one on John Stewart, I just get a very good feel about Scott. There is nothing unknown to us about what he is saying but the way he is saying is lacking the genuine and a sincere tone....

    But then again, he was a part of this administration at one point. They all make me sick.

    June 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Here we go again...

    Oh for petes's effin sake! Congress already resolved this issue well more than a year ago when they affirmed that Joe Wilson's pants were on fire, and have been on fire for some time now.

    "They revealed my wife's identity! (Oh what's that? We can pose for Vanity Fair?! Oh sure! Here, get my 'good' side.") Puhleeze.

    June 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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