The White House called a report that President Obama called off the raid on Osama bin Laden three times a “fabrication.”
In a new book previewed by the Daily Caller, author Richard Miniter alleges that Obama called off the raid three times at the urging of senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, before finally authorizing the mission.
“That is an utter fabrication. It’s seems pretty clear that Mr. Miniter doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
And as the liberal group Media Matters notes, Miniter’s report does not square with other reporting on the timeline of the mission. Miniter alleges that Obama called off the operation first in January, but the New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle reported that the plan to kill bin Laden was not even presented to the president until March.