Urbin Report

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

In their own words...

From today's Washington Times Inside the Beltway column comes this exchange between reporters and White House spokesman Scott McClellan:

"The president today is announcing his intention to nominate two individuals and appoint three individuals to serve in his administration on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board that was part of the intelligence reforms. And we'll get you that list, but the names include Carol Dinkins of Texas to be chairman, Alan Charles Raul to be vice chairman, Lanny Davis to be a member, Ted Olson to be a member, and Francis Taylor to be a member. And we'll get you out this information momentarily."
Reporter: "Did you say Lanny Davis?"
Mr. McClellan: "I think I did. Yes, I did."
Reporter: "Our Lanny Davis?"
Mr. McClellan: "He's your Lanny Davis? The media are claiming him?"
As White House special counsel from 1996 to 1998, Mr. Davis acted as President Clinton's spokesman for campaign-finance investigations and other unsavory matters.