Scottie shared a brief gaggle today with Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Tom Shannon regarding Chimpy’s trip to South America but he did find time to drop yeat another hint regarding the fate of one Karl Rove.
Q Can you comment on The Washington Post report that there is some considerations that Rove should be leaving the White House?
MR. McCLELLAN: A couple of things. One, there’s a lot of speculation going around at this time that relates to an ongoing investigation and an ongoing legal proceeding, and I’m not going to get into speculating about anything relating to that. You know, I will reiterate what I said the other day: there is no discussion of staff changes, beyond the usual vacancies that occur and beyond the ones we just announced relating to the vacancy that occurred in the Vice President’s Office. And I also pointed out that it’s always the prerogative of the President to have a team in place that he feels best helps him advance his agenda and meet his needs. And we all always serve at the pleasure of the President, but that’s just speaking more broadly and that’s why I wanted to reiterate what I said the other day, that there is no discussion of staff changes, beyond typical vacancies and beyond the ones we’ve just recently filled.
Q So Rove might leave is part of a, sort of, natural staff turnover?
MR. McCLELLAN: See, this is a question trying to get me to play into all the speculation that’s going on, and I’m just not going to do that. But that’s why I reiterated the broader points that I’ve already made to you all earlier this week and those comments remain the same.
Q Well, The Post story, are you – I’m not hearing a denial here.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m telling you I’m not going to get into all the speculation. Karl Rove is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President. He continues to carry out his duties. But that’s why I pointed out that, in terms of the question came up in the context of any discussion of staff changes, and that’s why I reiterated what I said earlier.
Q Any discussion of an apology by him to staff?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’ve already addressed that question; I don’t have anything else to add to it.