House press chief Ari Fleischer has defended UK counterpart Alastair
Campbell's role in the row over intelligence on Iraq.
Ari Fleischer has had his own run-ins with the
A number of newspapers reported on Friday that Mr Campbell - Tony
Blair's communications director - will be cleared of "sexing up" an
intelligence dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
The Commons foreign affairs select committee has been examining
the allegations - first raised in a BBC story - and will report
But Mr Fleischer gave his support to Mr Campbell, telling BBC
News: "[There] are good people who do the right things for the right
"In terms of what is taking place in Great Britain now, we have
every faith that what they have said is the right thing and the
"I pay attention to what is happening in Great Britain. I have
faith in Alastair, I have faith of course in the prime minister and
all those around him."
The principal dossier row has been over the September dossier,
which contained the claim that Iraq could launch weapons of mass
destruction within 45 minutes.
Mr Campbell has denied he had the claim inserted.
The BBC has refused to apologise for its report, ignoring demands
by Mr Campbell.
On Thursday, a leaked letter from Mr Campbell showed the press
chief had made a number of requests for changes to the dossier, some
of which had been made.
But Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the leak of the letter,
coupled with comments by Eric Illsley, a Labour member of the select
committee, called into question the credibility of that committee's
Mr Illsley took the unusual step last weekend of publicly saying
he expected his colleagues to clear Mr Campbell of any wrongdoing.