Obsession Part III: Rummy is to Blame for Halliburton Scandal

From Holden:

Such a juicy gaggle today that I’m breaking it into three parts and posting them in reverse order (don’t try too hard to figure it out, just obsess with me).

In Part III, it looks like Little Scottie is setting up Don Rumsfeld to take the fall for the no-bid Halliburton contracts:

Q Are you concerned about the timing of this Halliburton probe expanding now?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I mean, one, you ought to talk to the Department of Justice or the FBI about any specific matters they’re looking into, because I don’t have knowledge of those issues. But let me just say a couple of things.

One, the Department of Defense has the responsibility for these contracting matters. There are clear guidelines and procedures in place when it comes to contracts. And if there is wrongdoing, the President expects it to be investigated fully and dealt with.

Q I’m asking you about the political timing. Is the President concerned this comes four days before the election?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know that — I know you all always look at it in that context. I’m not — that’s not the way I’m looking at this. That’s why I pointed out what I just did. I mean that, one, these are contracting matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Defense. The President has always said if there is wrongdoing involved, he expects it to be pursued to the fullest. And that’s what we’ve made clear previously and that’s what I’m making clear again today.

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