White House: No Basis For Frank Wolf's Assertions

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Those weighing in on the task force include officials from the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of National Intelligence, and the Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security.

[John Brennan, the assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism] also took the occasion to rebut an argument made during the January 13 briefing by Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who also received a copy of Brennan's letter.

Wolf has said that Ayman Batarfi, a detainee from Yemen transferred to that country by the Obama administration last December, "has worked closely with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and trained with a microbiologist who taught al Qaeda how to produce anthrax in August 2001, according to unclassified Pentagon documents from 2004."

Brennan said, apparently in response to this assertion, that during the January 13 briefing, Wolf "made allegations that one detainee repatriated to Yemen had been involved in weapons of mass destruction. As it has done in every case, the task force thoroughly review all information available to the government about this individual and concluded that there is no basis for the assertions Representative Wolf made during this session."
Of course, Frank Wolf makes all kinds of assertions for which "there is no basis," nothing new there. The only question is, when will 10th CD voters get tired of this guy's antics?

UPDATE: Rich Anthony calls out Wolf for his hypocrisy, and for being "willing to demean the honorable men and women of the military if it helps him get re-elected."