McClellan: They’ve Already Had Phase Two

McClellan at during today’s gaggle on the Senate Intelligence Committees investigation of pre-war intelligence:

Q. Why did they finally agree to a bipartisan group, then, to look into this whole business?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, that’s not —

Q. Roberts has been sitting on the intelligence policy —

MR. McCLELLAN: Helen — Helen, they’ve already — they’ve had phase one and phase two…

That’s not true. Here is the Boston Globe on July 27:

Roberts… said in February that the committee’s investigation of the administration’s use of intelligence is “on the back burner,” and said in April that other issues have more urgent claims on the committee’s attention.

Phase two has not been completed and there is no report. That’s why, after the Senate was closed yesterday, Sen. Frist agreed to a bipartisan panel to assess the progress of the investigation.

We’ve posted the entire gaggle. You’ll want to check it out — it’s a doozy.