The White House was late in posting the transcript to yesterday’s gaggle, held aboard Air Force One en route to Indianapolis.
The press corps tried two different approaches to prying an answer about Traitor Karl from Little Scottie.
Cleverness did not work.
Q Will Karl come back and talk to us at the event?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I don’t expect that today.
Q Why not?
MR. McCLELLAN: I just don’t — there’s no plans for him to do that.
Q How long is he going to stay on the staff?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think I expressed the President’s views yesterday, when it comes to Karl.
Q Remind me, how long is he going to stay on the staff?
MR. McCLELLAN: That’s a nice try to keep bringing up questions relating to media reports about an ongoing investigation. As the President indicated yesterday, we are not going to prejudge an ongoing investigation based on media reports. The President directed the White House to cooperate fully, and that’s what we’ve been working to do. And we will be more than happy to talk about the investigation after it is completed.
But the President — I again made clear yesterday that when it comes to the President’s confidence in Karl and his support for him, I made clear our views.
Neither did logic.
Q Does the President believe it’s appropriate for the RNC to continue to weigh in on this matter? They put out another memo today, with a top-10 Joseph Wilson lies. If indeed it’s an ongoing investigation and it’s improper for the White House to discuss it, does he think it’s proper for the Republican Party to weigh in on it?
MR. McCLELLAN: You know, Geoff, I appreciate the question, and as you heard me say yesterday, we are not going to prejudge the outcome of the investigation based on media reports. And I’m not going to get into —
Q Did the President get his news yesterday about Justice Rehnquist’s health from media reports?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Andy Card and I did, and Andy Card and I informed the President in the Oval Office yesterday, shortly after the news reports came out. I think that that was the case previously, when the Chief Justice went into the hospital, we didn’t have any advance notification either.
Q So why is it acceptable for him to base his information about the Chief Justice’s health on news reports, but not about an investigation within the West Wing? What’s the distinction there?