MSNBC: White House Has Had A Copy Of McClellan’s Memoir For ‘At Least A Month’

MSNBC correspondent Jeannie Ohm reported breaking news this afternoon that former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan had provided the White House with an advance copy of his recent memoir “at least a month before excerpts became public this week.”

Current Press Secretary Dana Perino argued that the White House had taken “the high road” by waiting to attack McClellan until his book was reported in the press:

OHM: I happen to speak briefly with Dana Perino and she says she thinks this speaks volumes about the type of route that the White House chose to take, they took the high road in terms of not preemptively attacking Scott McClellan.

Watch it:

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On Wednesday, Perino told reporters that Bush first read an excerpt of this book back in November at Camp David, and at that time, the President believed it “would not essentially be that harsh.” Did Bush not read the copy McClellan gave the White House a month ago?

Apparently, the White House thinks that as long as it didn’t attack McClellan before the book was published, that is taking the “high road.” But now that the cat is out of the bag, it seems McClellan is fair game. Fox News’ Brett Baier reported today that a “senior White House official” compared McClellan to Judas selling out Jesus:

BAIER: A senior white house official reacting to the AP saying that McClellan got $75,000 in advance for this book said and a quote here, “ironically in today’s dollars that amount is worth exactly 30 pieces of silver.” that of course is a biblical reference to the 30 pieces of silver Judas got for selling out Jesus.

Referring to McClellan’s book, one reporter said that when talking to White House officials he “heard the word ‘traitor’ and ‘Benedict.'” Perino called McClellan “disgruntled” while former Bush aide Karl Rove said that McClellan “sounds like a left-wing blogger.” Some high road.