Thursday, July 14, 2005

No Rest For The Wicked

Especially aboard Air Force One:
Q Will Karl come back and talk to us at the event?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I don't expect that today.

Q Why not?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just don't -- there's no plans for him to do that.

Q How long is he going to stay on the staff?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think I expressed the President's views yesterday, when it comes to Karl.

Q Remind me, how long is he going to stay on the staff?


Q Does the President believe it's appropriate for the RNC to continue to weigh in on this matter? They put out another memo today, with a top-10 Joseph Wilson lies. If indeed it's an ongoing investigation and it's improper for the White House to discuss it, does he think it's proper for the Republican Party to weigh in on it?

MR. McCLELLAN: You know, Geoff, I appreciate the question, and as you heard me say yesterday, we are not going to prejudge the outcome of the investigation based
on media reports. And I'm not going to get into --

Q What about the RNC, though, Scott?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I said, I'm not going to get into discussing matters relating to an ongoing investigation. We'll let the investigation come to a conclusion, and then I'll be more than happy to talk about it, as will the President.

Q Does the President -- did he yesterday get his --

MR. McCLELLAN: What I'm telling you is that those are all questions relating to an ongoing investigation.

Q Did the President get his news yesterday about Justice Rehnquist's health from media reports?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Andy Card and I did, and Andy Card and I informed the President in the Oval Office yesterday, shortly after the news reports came out. I think that that was the case previously, when the Chief Justice went into the hospital, we didn't have any advance notification either.

Q So why is it acceptable for him to base his information about the Chief Justice's health on news reports, but not about an investigation within the West Wing? What's the distinction there?
Flip flop! Flip flop!


At 3:50 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Like the White House has no control over the RNC? Like it had no control over Veterans for Truth?

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Musmanno said...

In case anyone is interested, the AP is reporting based on a source that Karl Rove learned of Valerie Plame's relationship to the CIA from Robert Novak.

Curiouser and curioser. I have a brief blurb about it on my blog. Certainly adds a whole new element, because if it is true, Rove didn't out anyone, but whoever did is still unknown (and could be who Nancy Miller is still protecting).

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

No, he just said she was "fair game."

Great guy.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Musmanno said...

Looks like that's true, Jeff, and that's dirty. But it is quite a bit different from what has been said over the last week or so, isn't it?

Looks more like the Democrats are anxious to try and get Rove out of there before the investigation is completed. One might wonder why that is. Maybe they're not really interested in what happened, eh?


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