Rove Brushes Off McClellan Claims on Plame Deception
Says he didn't mislead anyway
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 11:29 AM CDT
In this April 19, 2006 file photo, President Bush, right, walks with White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, right, at the White House.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
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(Newser) – With the political world abuzz over the harsh tone of Scott McClellan’s new memoir about the "culture of deception''  in the Bush White House, Karl Rove is defending himself against one of the former spokesman’s most damning claims—that Rove and Scooter Libby colluded in a Valerie Plame cover-up and misled McClellan on the matter. Rove says, contrary to the McClellan account, he and Libby spoke regularly—and never discussed the CIA outing.

"Both of our attorneys told us not to talk to anybody else in the White House about anything connected with that and so we didn't,'' Rove said on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes.
McClellan charges that he was hoodwinked, the Chicago Tribune reports, encouraged to say that Rove and Libby had no knowledge of the affair; Rove maintains he merely told the press secretary, truthfully, that he wasn’t the leak. Rove also says that the memoirist sounds less like the Scott he knows than like “a left-wing blogger.”