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McClellan Testifies About Plame Leak

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He went before Congress today and told us a lot of what we already know. But, again, it looks like this was definitely one of those cases where people wanted to wish that nothing happened instead of accepting the reality that Libby (and Rove and Cheney) were intimately involved with this leaking.

Excerpted liberally from the AP:

Scott McClellan, Bush’s spokesman from 2003-2006, said he had reservations about publicly clearing the name of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff at the time. Later, Libby was convicted of obstructing the FBI investigation of the leak. […]

He said former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card told him that the president and vice president wanted him to publicly say that Libby was not involved in the leak.

“I was reluctant to do it,” McClellan told the Democratic-led panel. “I got on the phone with Scooter Libby and asked him point-blank, ‘Were you involved in this in any way?’ And he assured me in unequivocal terms that he was not.”

What will come of this? Ultimately, not much. Because I can’t imagine anybody else getting indicted as a result of this testimony. Libby was the fall guy, he was convicted and that’s that.

Still, this is the story that just won’t go away, and it’ll continue to hurt Bush (and Rove and Cheney) for years to come.