This post on firedoglake nails the hypocrisy of the Bush Administration to the wall!
For months and months, they have been repeating the mantra that they “are not going to comment during an ongoing investigation” whenever asked about the CIA leak scandal or any of the other scandals swirling around Washington. Scott McClellan has said this line so many times it might as well be tattooed on his forehead!
So now this comes out in the WAPO:
Bush went on to offer support for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove, stating about the latter:
President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.
In an interview with Fox News, Bush said he hopes DeLay will be cleared of charges that he illegally steered corporate money into campaigns for the Texas legislature and will reclaim his powerful leadership position in Congress.
We're still as close as we've ever been," the president said. "You know, when we look back at the presidency and my time in politics, no question that Karl had a lot to do with me getting here, and I value his friendship. We're very close.So if you are not going to comment during an ongoing investigation, then shut the f**k up! A comment is a comment, whether it’s showing support for your buddies, or telling the public what you know about potential criminal activity in the White House!
Hell, regarding the CIA leak, even the guy who first made the identity of Valerie Plame public says Bush probably knows who his source was. In a letter to the President, Sen. Chuck Schumer asks Bush to “clear this matter up quickly.” Since he is so quick to clear up the matter of how he feels about DeLay and Rove, he should also do the same regarding the CIA leak!
Next time Scott McClellan trots out the “we’re not going to comment during an ongoing investigation” line, he needs to be abruptly told that the President just commented!