Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday that, if the Osama bin Laden raid were to fail, a “highly lawyered” memo would see to it that the blame fell squarely on the shoulders of Navy Admiral William McRaven, the commander of Joint Special Operations Command at the time of the raid.
The news follows weeks of the president commemorating the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death and, many say, taking the credit for himself.
A transcript of Mukasey and Hannity’s conversation explains:
MUKASEY: …You better believe if anything else had been encountered and the mission had failed, then the blame would have fallen on McRaven. That’s what that is about.
HANNITY: So in other words, here, the approximate president’s now, everything worked out in this case. But he had put in place a CYA that if it went wrong, McRaven would have been the fall guy.
MUKASEY: That was a highly lawyered memo.
HANNITY: Wow. So you are saying this was designed to protect the president politically.
MUKASEY: I think there is going to be more that comes tumbling out about that escapade. But so far that, memo is enough.