Opinion: Scott McClellan in Congress -- it’s not the book tour he expected


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Scott McClellan, author of ‘What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,’ didn’t exactly get a warm hug of welcome from some members of the House Judiciary Committee this morning as he began testifying about his White House days, as our colleagues over at the ‘Countdown to Crawford’ blog report.

McClellan, the former press secretary, took a drubbing by Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, over his motives for writing the book. Not that Smith entered the hearing with an open mind: ‘While we may never know the answers, Scott McClellan alone will have to wrestle with whether it was worth selling out the president and his friends for a few pieces of silver.’


Our other colleagues at The Swamp have some more details. But if you want to see for yourself, the hearing is being webcast when the committee is in session (it broke earlier so members could cast votes on the wiretap bill). Below is some video of McClellan’s appearance.

-- Scott Martelle