Gaggle Flashback

From Holden:

So now the story is Chimpy was “furious with Karl” when he found out two years ago that Rove was involved in outing Valerie Plame.

Funny, Scottie never mentioned the president’s anger at the time.

Q All right. Let me just follow up. You said this morning, “The President knows” that Karl Rove wasn’t involved. How does he know that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I’ve made it very clear that it was a ridiculous suggestion in the first place. I saw some comments this morning from the person who made that suggestion, backing away from that. And I said it is simply not true. So, I mean, it’s public knowledge. I’ve said that it’s not true. And I have spoken with Karl Rove —

Q But how does —

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not going to get into conversations that the President has with advisors or staff or anything of that nature; that’s not my practice.

Q But the President has a factual basis for knowing that Karl Rove —

MR. McCLELLAN: I said it publicly. I said that —

Q But I’m not asking what you said, I’m asking if the President has a factual basis for saying — for your statement that he knows Karl Rove —

MR. McCLELLAN: He’s aware of what I’ve said, that there is simply no truth to that suggestion. And I have spoken with Karl about it.