June 9 (Bloomberg) — Scott McClellan, the former presidential spokesman whose memoir says Vice President Dick Cheney may have misled him about the leak of a CIA agent’s identity, has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
McClellan’s book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” says “top White House officials” and “possibly” Cheney assured him that President George W. Bush’s top political aide, Karl Rove, hadn’t leaked the name of covert operative Valerie Plame.
McClellan also wrote that he publicly exonerated Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby after he was “at best misled” by them about their role in the leak of Plame’s identity. Rove later acknowledged that he had discussed Plame with journalists. Libby was convicted of lying to investigators about his role in the leak. Bush commuted Libby’s 2 1/2-year prison sentence.
Michigan Democrat John Conyers, the Judiciary panel’s chairman, said in a statement that he has asked McClellan to testify on June 20.
In a statement last month after the book was published, Conyers said he found “particularly disturbing” an assertion by McClellan that he had been directed by then-White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card to “vouch” for Libby after the start of a criminal investigation of the leak.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush’s former spokesman, Scott McClellan, will testify before a House committee next week about whether Vice President Dick Cheney ordered him to make misleading public statements about the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity.
McClellan will testify publicly and under oath before the House Judiciary Committee on June 20 about the White House’s role in the leak and its response, his attorneys, Michael and Jane Tigar, said on Monday.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., also is seeking more FBI documents about the leak in part because of McClellan’s description of the way he was instructed to respond to questions on the matter.
At Libby’s trial, witnesses testified that Cheney, Libby and other Bush administration officials mounted a campaign to counter criticism of the Iraq war by Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson. Cheney’s spokeswoman, Cathie Martin, testified that Cheney personally wrote out statements and talking points for Libby and other aides to give to reporters to rebut Wilson’s allegations.
Anyone else out there wish that sometimes life would turn into a musical? I’m thinking about My Fair Lady, with Henry Waxman as Henry Higgins, and John Conyers as Colonel Pickering. There sits
Eliza Doolittle Scott McClellan as the orchestra plays The Rain in Spain…..
Scotty: I know your aim’s to name who outed Plame
ChimpyGeorge, he’s got it! By ChimpyGeorge, he’s got it!
John: Now, once again, who leaked her name?
Scotty: Rove’s to blame! Rove’s to blame!
Henry: Was Dick Cheney’s part the same?
Scotty: For shame! It was his game!!!
All three: Our aim’s to name who outed Val’rie Plame!
Our aim’s to name who outed Val’rie Plame!
Okay, maybe I need to work on Scotty’s outfit a little. Or at least do his hair!