Did you know that “anecdotal” was a synonym for “false”? Me neither.
Of course, it’s virtually certain that Secretary Jackson is lying about having lied. He and his spokeswoman have given too many details of the transaction (which she called “hypothetical,” another new synonym for “false”) for any sane person to believe that the whole thing was invented.
Someone ought to remind Mr. Jackson that if he repeats his current lie to his Department’s Inspector General or to the FBI, he could go to jail for it. Unfortunately, there isn’t (yet) a law against officials lying to the public.
As some blogger remarked today (I hereby bleg for the url of that post) this may be the first time in Washington history in which an official’s defenders claim that he was lying while his accusers insist that he was telling the truth.