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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

You're in a Bad Spot Here, Scott...

Among the questions McClellan did not answer [at recent press briefings]::

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

· "[W]hy 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'?"

· "Do you stand by your statement from the fall of 2003 when you were asked specifically about Karl and Elliott Abrams and Scooter Libby, and you said, 'I've gone to each of those gentlemen, and they have told me they are not involved in this' -- do you stand by that statement?"

· "After the investigation is completed, will you then be consistent with your word and the President's word that anybody who was involved would be let go?"

· "Does the President continue to have confidence in Mr. Rove?"

· "Has there been any change or is there a plan for Mr. Rove's portfolio to be altered in any way?"

· "Now, are you saying that the President is not taking any action in response to that?"

· "Scott, what was the President's interaction today with Karl Rove? Did they discuss this current situation?"

· "[A]re you concerned that in not setting the record straight today that this could undermine the credibility of the other things you say from the podium?"

· "Scott, at this point, are we to consider what you've said previously, when you were talking about this, that you're still standing by that, or are those all inoperative at this point?"