Campaign 2010

Jun 25, 2004

Tough Spot

L’Affaire Plame:

Federal investigators questioned President Bush for more than an hour Thursday as the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s name reached into the Oval Office.


The president was interviewed for 70 minutes by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the head of the Justice Department investigation, and by members of his team. The only other person in the room was Jim Sharp, a private trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor hired by Bush, said White House press secretary Scott McClellan.



Asked if Bush had answered every question, McClellan said, “The president was glad to do his part to cooperate with the investigation. The president was pleased to share whatever information he had with the officials in charge and answer their questions.”

McClellan, who said he was not in the meeting, was asked if Bush had any information about who leaked Plame’s name. “That’s just getting into questions that are best directed to the officials in charge of the investigation,” he said. “I would not read anything into that one way or the other.”

It is worth entering into the record that while the administration is secretive, they are generally a little more loose lipped with things they want to come out (say, “No, the President has no such knowledge”) than they are with things they don’t.  Not to “read anything into that” or anything.

Want the latest updates? Follow the DCCC on Facebook and Twitter: