First, Chimpy laid out the ground rules.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Hold on a second. The way this is going to work, the way this will work is I’ll call on somebody from the American side, and then the Prime Minister will do so; and then I’ll call somebody, and the Prime Minister will do so. We’ll answer two questions apiece, starting with Terry.
Then came the question that forced Bush to reneg on his pledge to fire anyone who leaked classified information.
Q Mr. President, you said you don’t want to talk about an ongoing investigation, so I’d like to ask you, regardless of whether a crime was committed, do you still intend to fire anyone found to be involved in the CIA leak case? And are you displeased that Karl Rove told a reporter that Ambassador Joe Wilson’s wife worked for the Agency on WMD issues?
PRESIDENT BUSH: We have a serious ongoing investigation here. (Laughter.) And it’s being played out in the press. And I think it’s best that people wait until the investigation is complete before you jump to conclusions. And I will do so, as well. I don’t know all the facts. I want to know all the facts. The best place for the facts to be done is by somebody who’s spending time investigating it. I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.
Yes, now simply leaking classified information is not enough, you have to be a convicted criminal before Chimpy will show you the door.