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Mary Matalin Contradicts Her Own Story While Accusing Scott McClellan Of Lying

Reported by Ellen - May 29, 2008 -

Mary Matalin appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night (5/28/08) for the purpose of defending the White House in the wake of the buzz about Scott McClellan’s forthcoming “kiss and tell” memoir about working for the Bush administration. Predictably, Matalin attacked McClellan and repeatedly called him a liar. But while attempting to rebut McClellan’s assertions about the Valerie Plame case, Matalin also contradicted her own previous statements. She also falsely claimed that Rove was not a leaker. With video.

During the portion of her interview with Alan Colmes, Matalin said, “Alan, I know you’d like this to be different but it was true then, it’s true today. (Scooter Libby and Karl Rove) were not the leakers... The only person that’s been called a liar through this entire investigation, investigative process has been Valerie Plame.”

This is in marked contrast to Matalin’s previous assertion that Joe Wilson was the only person called a liar. On July 11, 2006, Matalin said, “The only person through several investigations documented to have been a bona fide liar in this case is Joe Wilson.”

And that assertion has been demonstrated to be false.

Matalin's claim that Rove was not a leaker is likewise untrue. As Media Matters reported,

(Robert) Novak has identified both Rove and Armitage as the sources for his July 14, 2003, column, which publicly revealed Plame's employment with the CIA. Former Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper also named Rove as his source who identified former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife as a CIA agent during a telephone conversation on July 11, 2003.

This is not the first time Matalin has told falsehoods about the Plame case. Nor is the Plame case the only instance in which Matalin has been caught telling untruths on Hannity & Colmes.

When Colmes asked who had called Valerie Plame a liar, Matalin gave the dubious response that the Senate Intelligence Committees had done it. “That’s positively true. Know your history,” she said high-handedly.

Matalin went on to say that McClellan was asked to leave the White House, he had not quit on his own. She explained, “He never shared any thought. I can’t remember one meeting walking away saying, ‘Wow, that was a contribution!’ ...Scott was not a player, did not make any contributions, and yes, he was asked politely – and I guess the favor’s not being returned – and civilly to take the honor of his service and to move on.”

Hannity was also ready to go after McClellan. Hannity asked, “Why didn’t (he) stand on (his) principles then? Why did it take money? Why did it take a book deal?”

There was no consideration that maybe McClellan's thinking evolved over time, that maybe he had not felt then as strongly as he feels now, when viewing the situation in retrospect.

Hannity continued, “This is a betrayal on a pretty high level for him and he had all the opportunities to get out. How do you analyze this? Do you see it as a betrayal?”

Matalin claimed, “I don’t care.” But then she added, “All I know is that all of us that were so honored to work for this president and his Daddy... It’s not even something you could call a betrayal. To quote my husband recently, this is Judas on steroids... (McClellan) was either living a lie or for decades or he’s now spewing lies to make a living.”

She continued, "In any event, at some point, he has to tell his nieces and his nephews and his kids, ‘What did Daddy do?’ ‘Well, I was a liar. I’m a liar for a living.’ And in many ways, it’s just really sad.”

Matalin may have to tell her kids something similar.