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McClellan: Spinning Out of Control on Bolton

By Judd Legum on July 29, 2005 at 1:22 pm

"McClellan: Spinning Out of Control on Bolton"

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At today’s White House press briefing, Scott McClellan was asked about the inaccurate information Bolton provided to the Senate:

QUESTION:…Is the president concerned about the apparent error on Mr. Bolton’s questionnaire to the Senate in which he said that he had not been questioned in a federal investigation in the preceding five years when now it has been revealed that, in fact, he was at least interviewed in the context of the inspector general’s CIA investigation of the uranium potential sale from Niger to Iraq?

MCCLELLAN: I think the State Department addressed that last night, and it was John Bolton who pointed that out.

Actually, that’s completely wrong. It was Sen. Joe Biden who pointed out that Bolton provided inaccurate information to the Senate in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t until several hours later that John Bolton fessed up through a State Department spokesperson.

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