Oh yeah, this is getting good.
The White House’s principal deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, filling in for Jay Carney, at today’s WH press briefing, dismissed the revelation in Miniter’s book, ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, that Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest and most trusted aide, talked Obama out of executing the bin Laden operation on three separate occasions.
Neil Munro of The Daily Caller reports:
“That is an utter fabrication,” Earnest said.
“It seems pretty clear that Mr. Miniter doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” he insisted, adding that Jarrett “was not ‘read in’ on the operation on the mission against Osama bin Laden.”
“So I wouldn’t put any stock into that vignette — or into the book itself,” he added.
Earnest’s answer was focused on Jarrett’s role. He did not explicitly deny Miniter’s revelation that the raid was delayed three times.
Miniter, a well respected investigative journalist, and best selling author, responded by demanding that the white House back up its denials with some documentation.
“I call on them to release the full [planning] timeline, starting in October 2010, of each of the major decisions that the president made relating to the bin Laden mission,” author Richard Miniter told The Daily Caller.
TheDC asked Miniter if his inside sources might go public with their accounts of presidential indecision. “Yes, yes,” he replied. “There is a chance.” (RELATED: Book: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett’s urging)
Any confrontation between national security officials and President Barack Obama in the months preceding the 2012 election could hamper to his chances of winning a second term.