Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President
Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the
role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the
2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I.
Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes,
according to a brief excerpt released Monday. "I had unknowingly passed along
false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the
administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice
president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."
Scooter wasn't a fringe player. He's a solid Republican from a good Republican family. I'll bet his Mama told him to tell the truth.