March 11, 2006 - Posted at 1:09 p.m. CST
WHITE HOUSE (AP) _ President Bush says he was shocked to learn
that his former domestic policy adviser was charged with theft.
Claude Allen was arrested this week for allegedly receiving
phony refunds at department stores.
Asked about it today, Bush said his first reaction was one of
shock and ``deep disappointment'' that the White House was ``not
Allen resigned abruptly last month, saying he wanted to spend
more time with his family.
He was arrested Thursday by police in Montgomery County,
Maryland, for allegedly claiming refunds for more than
five-thousand dollars worth of merchandise he did not buy.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday that
Allen had assured the White House counsel and chief of staff he had
done nothing wrong.