McClellan 'misinformated' about 'Denver 3'

News & Politics

About a year ago, at one of Bush's folksy townhall meetings on his failed Social Security "reform," three "law-abiding ticket holders" were thrown out for no other reason but their No More Blood for Oil bumper sticker.

Those who did the kicking out claimed that they were Secret Service agents -- the guys with the wires dangling from their ears who get rid of bad people.

A little while later, WH spokesman Scott McClellan claimed, according to Steve Benen, that it was just some volunteers, "Now, in terms of this issue, my understanding is a volunteer was concerned that these three individuals were coming to the event solely for the purpose of disrupting it."

In rolls another one of those pesky FOIA requests. This one from the Denver Post, reveals that:

"A White House staff member was responsible for asking three people to leave President Bush's town-hall meeting in Denver a year ago, a U.S. Secret Service agent said during an internal investigation of the event."
Benen believes that a whole new can of worms is opened, and offers some of the new questions including, but not limited to:

  • Why was a member of the White House staff removing "potential protesters" who hadn't done anything wrong?
  • Why did the staffer pretend to be a Secret Service agent? Was he punished for doing so?
  • Who gave this guy directions about his official responsibilities that day?

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