Spokesman refuses to repeat earlier statements!!
and the story is on CNN!!
By Winter Patriot on 7/11/2005, 1:24pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Many of us thought we'd never see anything like this on CNN

WASHINGTON (AP) --- For two years, the White House has insisted that presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the leak of a CIA officer's identity. And President Bush said the leaker would be fired.

But Bush's spokesman wouldn't repeat any of those assertions Monday in the face of Rove's own lawyer saying his client spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified in a newspaper column.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan refused to discuss the matter at two news briefings Monday. He said he would not comment because the leak is the focus of a federal criminal investigation.

Is it really? And CNN is saying so? In public?

What is this nation coming to??

UPDATE: Somehow, the White House Press Corp suddenly grew a set. Extraordinary transcript here. Watch Scottie sweat! CrooksAndLiars has the video.

UPDATE 7/12/05 12:04am: Citizen's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the folks responsible for helping to write the ethics charges against Tom Delay last year (the ones that stuck!) are calling for the Bush to remove Rove's security clearance pending the outcome of the Plame Investigation!

UPDATE 7/12/05 2:53am: United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement to RAW STORY

Karl Rove has accused liberals of not understanding the consequences of 9-11, but he's the one who blew the cover of a covert CIA agent. The President should immediately suspend Karl Rove's security clearances and shut him down by shutting him out of classified meetings or discussions.

The excuses offered by Karl Rove's lawyer don't pass the laugh test. Naming someone's spouse is the same as naming them. And as a 31-year veteran of politics, Karl Rove should know that if you want to keep a secret, you don't tell a reporter.

more as it develops...

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