White House sidesteps Cheney questions

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The White House on Tuesday sidestepped questions about whether Vice President Dick Cheney passed on to his top aide the identity of a CIA officer central to a federal grand jury probe...Cheney has said little in public about what he knew. In September 2003, he told NBC he did not know Wilson or who sent him on a trip to Niger in 2002 to check into intelligence - some of it later deemed unreliable - that Iraq may have been seeking to buy uranium there..."I don't know who sent Joe Wilson. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back," Cheney said at the time. "... I don't know Mr. Wilson. I probably shouldn't judge him. I have no idea who hired him."

Asked Tuesday whether Cheney always tells the truth to the public, McClellan said, "Yes."

"Frankly I think it's a ridiculous question," he said.

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