America blog reported last night that the White House released at least one of the memos newly discovered by 60 Minutes and cites an AP story thusly:
"After the [60 Minutes] broadcast, the White House, without comment, released to the news media two of the memos [mentioned in the broadcast], one ordering Bush to report for his physical exam and the other suspending him from flightHowever, if you go to the AP story now there doesn't appear to be any mention of the WH releasing anything. So did they or didn't they?
The WH has repeatedly claimed they released everything they had, so it is a big deal if they had any of these docs and didn't release him.
Chi Trib:Memos say Bush pushed for move
10:06 AM Update:
The Chicago Tribune on their web site has the older AP story from last night that indicates the WH released documents late last night. If this is true, this is a cover-up. Here are the key grafs but note that it is not clear who released the documents -- 60 Minutes or the WH?
Update 10:41 AM: CNN has the old AP Story up here. But as I point out above, the AP is not now saying the WH released any records last night, so the question is why not? I've scanned the news on the net, and cannot find any other source for this.
The late-night release of the memos added another layer of complexity and intrigue to the renewed examination of Bush's time in the National Guard in the Vietnam era, the war from more than 30 years ago that has taken an unexpectedly prominent role in this presidential campaign. Bush's challenger, Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites), has been forced to defend his combat service in Vietnam, where he received several awards for heroism.
The release of the documents comes seven months after the White House disclosed what it said was an exhaustive list of the president's National Guard records. The documents were released two hours after CBS News raised new questions during a prime-time broadcast about whether Bush was awarded a coveted slot out of favoritism.