Questions for Scott McClellan
ain’t just a river in Egypt; it’s also Scott McClellan, White
House Press Secretary and expert stonewaller. Even Scott’s
predecessor, Ari “Lizard Blood” Fleischer has to give it
up for his former assistant: “The man is an evasion machine,”
Fleischer said recently. “Lying all day used to wear me
down, but Scott seems to actually thrive on it. It’s his
way of life, and I really admire that.” We asked McClellan
about recent developments in the Valerie Plame leak investigation,
and were treated to a dazzling display of obfuscatory mastery.
THAT TIME MAGAZINE HAS RELEASED MATT COOPER’S NOTES, AND
KARL ROVE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A SOURCE IN THE INVESTIGATION,
HOW WILL THE WHITE HOUSE PROCEED ON THE MATTER? I
appreciate your question. I think your question is being
asked relating to some reports that are in reference to
an ongoing criminal investigation. The criminal investigation
that you reference is something that continues at this point.
And as I've previously stated, while that investigation
is ongoing, the White House is not going to comment on it.
The President directed the White House to cooperate fully
with the investigation, and as part of cooperating fully
with the investigation, we made a decision that we weren't
going to comment on it while it is ongoing.
YOU WILLING TO ADMIT THAT ROVE DID LEAK AN UNDERCOVER CIA
AGENT’S IDENTITY? OR ARE YOU WILLING TO DENY IT?
you're asking questions relating to an ongoing investigation,
and I think I've responded to it.
JUNE 2004, THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT HE WOULD FIRE ANYBODY
WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THIS LEAK. WILL ROVE BE FIRED IF HE
IS THE SOURCE? Well,
I think the president has previously spoken to this. This
continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation. No one
wants to get to the bottom of it more than the president
of the United States. And we're just not going to have more
to say on it until that investigation is complete.
SEPTEMBER 2003, YOU SAID YOU HAD SPOKEN TO ROVE, AND THE
ALLEGATIONS WERE “SIMPLY NOT TRUE,” AND THAT “IF ANYONE
IN THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS INVOLVED IN [THE LEAK], THEY
WOULD NO LONGER BE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION.” WHAT HAS CHANGED
THAT YOU ARE UNWILLING TO MAKE THOSE STATEMENTS TODAY?
I'm going to be happy to talk about this at the appropriate
time. You know me very well and you know the type of person
that I am. And I'm confident in our relationship that we
have. But I will be glad to talk about this at the appropriate
time, and that's once the investigation is complete.
THIS VERY SAME INVESTIGATION WAS ‘ONGOING’ AT THE TIME YOU
MADE THOSE FORMER STATEMENTS. AGAIN, WHAT IS DIFFERENT NOW?
but this question is coming up in the context of this ongoing
investigation, and that's why I said that our policy continues
to be that we're not going to get into commenting on an
ongoing criminal investigation from this podium. The prosecutors
overseeing the investigation had expressed a preference
to us that one way to help the investigation is not to be
commenting on it from this podium. And so that's why we
are not going to get into commenting on it while it is an
ongoing investigation, or questions related to it.
THE PROSECUTORS REFUSE TO COMMENT ON THAT CLAIM, AND YOU
YOURSELF AID THAT THE PROSECUTOR’S REQUEST CAME IN 2003,
BEFORE YOU AND THE PRESIDENT MADE THE COMMENTS WE JUST CITED.
HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE? La
la la la la, I can’t hear you. What did you say? I see your
lips moving, but I don’t hear anything. Lalalalalala, lalalalala,
lalala. Sorry, no comprende. Next question.
YOU SEE HOW IT MIGHT LOOK TO THE PUBLIC LIKE YOU’RE JUST
WAITING TO SEE IF ROVE GETS OFFICIALLY BUSTED BEFORE YOU
DECIDE WHAT STORY TO SPIN? Again,
these are all questions coming up in the context of an ongoing
criminal investigation. And you've heard my response on
this. Do you have questions on another topic?
YOU WERE SPOTTED AT A GAY BAR IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, ON MARCH
19, 1995. RAW STORY CLAIMS TWO SOURCES CONFIRMED THAT YOU
OFTEN FREQUENTED SUCH BARS IN AUSTIN. ANY TRUTH TO THESE
said all I’m going to say on that subject.
YOU HAVEN’T SAID ANYTHING. Exactly.
MORE QUESTION: HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT? On
a gigantic pile of money. It’s surprisingly comfortable.