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McClellan to testify about Cheney for House panel

June 10, 2008|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Bush's former spokesman, Scott McClellan, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on June 20 about whether Vice President Dick Cheney ordered him to make misleading public statements about the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity in an effort to undercut her husband's criticism of the Iraq war.

In his new book, McClellan said he was misled by others, possibly including Cheney, about the role of Cheney's chief of staff at the time, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Plame's CIA identity was leaked by several Bush administration officials in 2003, including Libby and former top White House political advisor Karl Rove. Plame is married to Joseph C. Wilson IV.

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