Dodd calls for new Plame inquiry

Chris Dodd called on the attorney general to investigate allegations by President Bush's former spokesman that the president had told him to lie to the American public. Scott McClellan recently admitted passing on false information to reporters when he repeatedly denied that Scooter Libby and Karl Rove were involved in outing CIA operative Valerie Plame.

"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the President himself," McClellan wrote in What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong With Washington, due to be published in April.

"If in fact the president of the United States knowingly instructed his chief spokesman to mislead the American people, there can be no more fundamental betrayal of the public trust," Dodd said in a statement from his campaign. "During his confirmation process, Attorney General Mukasey said he would act independently. Accordingly, today, I call on the attorney general to live up to his word and launch an immediate investigation to determine the facts of this case, the extent of any cover up and determine what the president knew and when he knew it."

- Ethan Wilensky-Lanford