McClellan Testifies on White House Actions in Plame Case

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is sworn in to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2008, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing to investigate Vice President Cheney's precise role in the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity case. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
By  | 

Capitol Hill (AP) A former White House spokesman says President Bush and Vice President Cheney wanted him to say that Cheney's chief of staff wasn't involved in the leak of a CIA operative's identity.

Scott McClellan has been testifying today before the House Judiciary Commmittee. He says he had reservations about publicly clearing the name of Lewis Libby, Cheney's chief of staff at the time. Later, Libby was convicted of obstructing the investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity.

McClellan told the house judiciary committee that he doesn't know if a crime was committed in efforts to cover up the leak. But he had harsh words for the White House and suggests the administration is continuing a cover-up in the Plame case.

McClellan says he doesn't believe Bush knew about or caused the leak. But when asked about Cheney, he said he didn't know, adding “there's a lot of suspicion there.”