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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Does the president stand by his pledge to fire anyone involved in a leak of the name of a CIA operative?

MCCLELLAN: Yes, 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.

Q: Scott, if I could point out: Contradictory to that statement, on September 29th of 2003, while the investigation was ongoing, you clearly commented on it. You were the first one to have said that if anybody from the White House was involved, they would be fired. And then, on June 10th of 2004, at Sea Island Plantation, in the midst of this investigation, when the president made his comments that, yes, he would fire anybody from the White House who was involved. So why have you commented on this during the process of the investigation in the past, but now you’ve suddenly drawn a curtain around it under the statement of, 'We’re not going to comment on an ongoing investigation'?

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  • At 7/14/2005 5:10 PM, Blogger Lone Ranger said…

    Here's what should happen. If Karl Rove is charged with a crime, he should be suspended. If he is convicted, he should be fired. Of course, it is at the President's discretion to fire him if he is proven to have leaked information. Nothing has yet been proven. The Democrats and their ilk are always whining about fairness, that's fair, isn't it?

    Let's take a look at some of the people who are demanding Mr. Rove's resignation.

    Barbara Boxer, during the House bank scandal of 1992, wrote 143 worthless checks in 39 months on the House bank. That prompted Boxer to tell the Sacramento Bee that "I didn't pay enough attention to my personal checking account" She took the Barby doll defense -- "Math is hard!" The bad checks totaled $41,417 - or an average of $289.63 for each of her worthless checks. She didn't resign. She ran for the Senate.

    Senator Chris Dodd and Ted Kennedy would go out for a fun night in Washington to a place called La Brasserie, and they were notorious for making waitress sandwiches. That's either Dodd or Kennedy on the bottom, waitress in the middle, and either Dodd or Kennedy on the top. Dodd hasn't resigned.

    Ted Kennedy KILLED A WOMAN! He hasn't resigned.

    Homosexual Congressman Barney Frank fixed traffic tickets for his lover, who was running a gay prostitution business out of Frank's apartment. Frank didn't resign.

    Senator Robert Byrd was a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan. He recruited 150 people into that terrorist organization. Byrd says he never did anything violent, but can he swear the same about the 150 people he recruited? He surely has blood on his hands. Byrd won't resign.

    Senator Joe Biden was forced to drop his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 because he had plagiarized from British pol Neil Kinnock. Biden is still in the Senate.

    Bill Clinton lied under oath. He was impeached. Arkansas lifted his law license. But he did not resign.

    That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure I could find more if I did a bit of research. If you are a liberal, all sins are forgiven. If you are a conservative, you are savaged at the slightest misstep.

  • At 7/14/2005 5:31 PM, Blogger Vincent said…

    Thanks Lone Ranger, you're points are taken. However, to me it's not an issue of Left vs. Right. I don't fall in either of those buckets. You pointed out individuals that are demanding Mr. Rove's resignation and pointed out their flawed past. That is not a strong argument to me. For one, I'm really not interested in those people or their viewpoints, especially not to affect my opinion. Second, pointing out character flaws moves attention away from the core issue, it's a dirty way to make an argument.

    Bill Clinton did lie, and isn't that what Martha went to jail for? However, this is a new issue, a separate issue. I try to look at the issue from a balanced standpoint, and if Karl Rove did leak the name in order to get back at Mr Wilson well, that's just underhanded. It's dirty and sends the wrong message. It also may have put Valerie Plame in danger.


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