Scott McClellan may be the man to bring down the Bush Administration.
For a former loyalist and former member of the Texas Mafia to speak out like this--if it holds up--is the biggest story of 2007. And when I say "holds up," I mean if he actually tells the truth about the things that Patrick Fitzgerald couldn't get at because he was stonewalled by Libby's lying.
From McClellan's new book:
The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.
There was one problem. It was not true.
I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself.
Scotty has decided to roll over and put everyone in jeopardy.
Will it hold up? I don't know. But for McClellan to say that he had "unknowingly passed along false information" is just another way of saying that he was duped into covering up a crime someone had committed. It's time for Chairman Waxman to ask Scotty to tell all, under oath, and to enter into the public record Scotty's testimony as evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, and begin the process of impeachment.
Oh, and Mr. Fitzgerald? This is all you need to bring charges that you were unable to bring earlier. Get Scotty under oath, give him immunity--and let's fix this mess.