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Conyers: McClellan Revelations Tie Bush Directly To Plame Outing

Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Scott McClellan's statements in his new memoir tie President Bush directly to the Valerie Plame affair.

"That the former White House spokesman -- with his claim that the president said he authorized the selective release of classified information to reporters covering the Wilson story -- links the wrongdoing directly to Bush ups the ante even further," Conyers said.

Conyers suggested McClellan's "revelations highlight acts may constitute illegal obstruction of justice beyond that for which Scooter Libby was convicted."

The Michigan Democrat noted that former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card told McClellan that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wanted McClellan to tell the press that former top Bush aide Karl Rove was not involved in the Plame affair, despite McClellan's concern that that statement may be untrue.

"It seems clear that Mr. Libby, Mr. Card, the president, and the vice president were all involved in directing Mr. McClellan to falsely vouch for Mr. Libby, despite Mr. McClellan's earlier reservations," Conyers said.

Conyers renewed his request for the Justice Department to turn over the interviews with Bush and Cheney on their roles in the Plame incident.

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