Bush reiterates Guard claims

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President Bush never was disciplined while serving in the Texas Air National Guard, never failed a physical and never asked his father or family friends for help to get him into the Guard during the Vietnam War, the White House said yesterday.

Meanwhile, the White House last night produced a newly unearthed document on Mr. Bush’s Guard service, seven months after it said all materials on the subject had been publicly released.

The new document was a copy of Mr. Bush’s resignation in 1974, declaring he was leaving the Guard because of “inadequate time to fulfill possible future commitments.” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the resignation was found in connection with a lawsuit brought by the Associated Press.

The White House yesterday responded to a dozen questions submitted by the AP about Mr. Bush’s Guard service. Asked if Mr. Bush ever participated in a disciplinary process during his Guard service, the White House answered by e-mail: “No and this is clear from the president’s records, which have been made public.

“All of these questions have been asked and answered repeatedly over the years,” White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said.

Democrats have charged that Mr. Bush received favored treatment in getting into the Guard. A letter recently released by the Pentagon shows Mr. Bush’s father, then a congressman, wrote a commander to thank him for taking special interest in his son during basic training.

The White House said yesterday, “The president did not ask his father or family friends for assistance” in getting into the Guard during the Vietnam War.”

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