White House To Block McClellan From Testifying To Congress ?
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) todayannounced that he and his staff were going to begin discussions withformer press secretary Scott McClellan about testifying before Congressregarding revelations in his new memoir. In particular, Conyers pointed to attempts by the White House to cover-up Scooter Libby’s involvement in the Valerie Plame leak:
I believe this issue may require closer examination, so I have instructed my counsels to begin discussions with Mr. McClellan to determine whether a hearing is necessary and to secure his possible cooperation.
In today’s White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino toldreporters that the White House, hypothetically, could stop McClellanfrom testifying:
QUESTION: Could the White House block him from testifying, if he wanted to testify? Or how does that work?
PERINO: Hypothetically, which I’m not supposed to answer a hypothetical, yes, I think so. The law would allow for that. But by saying that, I’m not suggesting that that’s what would happen or not happen.
McClellan told CNN he did not believe he needed to apologize formisleading the public as he now concedes he did. “I have come to termswith it, and realized that some of what I said was badly misguided,” hesaid Friday. “There's things we did right, and there's things we didwrong. The things that we did wrong overshadowed so much of what we didright. … and I think the American people see through what I have beensaying the last few days, that I do regret that I didn't realize someof the things then that I do now.”