FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Bush probably isn't looking forward to next Friday – that's when former White House Spokesman Scott McClellan is set to testify before Congress.
McClellan will appear before the House Judiciary Committee, publicly and under oath, concerning the White House's role in leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003.
In his new book, McClellan writes that he was misled by administration officials, possibly including Vice President Dick Cheney, about the role of Scooter Libby in the leak. McClellan has said that both the president and vice president "directed me to go out there and exonerate" Libby. The Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Henry Waxman, is also trying to get his hands on more FBI documents about the leak.
Meanwhile, here's something else President Bush may want to keep his eye on: Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against the president last night. Kucinich believes Mr. Bush deceived the country and violated his oath of office by taking the U.S. into war in Iraq. He introduced a similar resolution last year calling for the impeachment of Cheney – that measure was killed.
With so little time left in Bush's term it's highly unlikely the Democratic Congress will do anything with this new resolution either. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that impeachment is "off the table." I still wonder who authorized Nancy Pelosi to make that determination. Something else we'll probably never know.
Here’s my question to you: How concerned should the Bush administration be about Scott McClellan’s upcoming testimony before Congress?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
No, but the Republican Party should. National security has been their saving grace and this is a massive stain on their reputation.
John from Marlton, N.J. writes:
McClellan is just rehashing what most reasonable people already knew and it's likely Bush is not concerned at all. Think about it, if he goes, Cheney becomes the president (officially). If you really want a gut-wrenching scenario, Pelosi is only a heartbeat behind Cheney and her back-up is Sen. Byrd. When you think about it this way, we are all in deep trouble.
"Worry" is not a word in Bush's small vocabulary. The dominos have already fallen in the Scooter Libby case, the rest is hearsay. Waxman and his cronies like to make it look like they are doing something.
John from Philadelphia writes:
Very, very, worried. I believe that Scott will finally expose the weak underbelly of these bums. If ever there were a president and vice-president who should be in jail, it is these two. Maybe McClellan's testimony will at least encourage Congress to bring criminal charges after they finally leave office.
RC from Illinois writes:
I doubt Bush is worried nor should he be. How can Bush's reputation and his legacy be tarnished any more than it has been? This impeachment talk is nonsense, won't happen. The only benefit to McClellan's testimony is to bring publicity to his book and make him millions.
How concerned? It is clear they are concerned. The Bush Administration has marched out everyone they can find to counterattack the book and the person. Sometimes the truth just hurts!
Jeff from Los Angeles writes:
Unless McClellan is accusing Bush of steroid use, it will never make it onto the congressional hearing calendar.