Contradicting Bush, Rumsfeld Claims He Was Replaced Because Of ‘The Outcome Of The Election’

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"Contradicting Bush, Rumsfeld Claims He Was Replaced Because Of ‘The Outcome Of The Election’"

Yesterday on Hannity and Colmes, outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that he was removed as a direct result of the “outcome of the election.” Watch it:

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On November 8, Bush said explicitly that, regardless of the outcome of the election, Rumsfeld was out:

BUSH: And so he and I both agreed in our meeting yesterday that it was appropriate that I accept his resignation. And so the decision was made — actually, I thought we were going to do fine yesterday. Shows what I know. But I thought we were going to be fine in the election. My point to you is, is that, win or lose, Bob Gates was going to become the nominee.

Someone isn’t telling the truth.

Transcript:

HANNITY: What happened this time, though?

RUMSFELD: I think that this time the outcome of the election, just to put it right up on the table, created a situation where I personally believe, and the president agrees, it is better for someone else to be leading this department with that new Congress. And it’s better for the military; it’s better for the department; and it’s better for the administration. And I feel comfortable with that.

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