Statement of John Podesta on White House Press Briefing on April 7, 2006

Scott McClellan’s credibility isn’t just in tatters. It is more like confetti. Over the past two and a half years, Scott McClellan has stated from the White House podium that Scooter Libby and Karl Rove “were not involved” in the Plame leak, that the “President knows that Karl Rove wasn’t involved,” and that “if anyone in this Administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this Administration.” Today, he is hoping that the press will forget that he told us that the National Intelligence Estimate was not declassified until July 18, 2003.

None of this has turned out to be true. Mr. McClellan can no longer speak credibly for President Bush or Vice President Cheney. After three years of White House stonewalling, it is time for the President and the Vice President to publicly explain what transpired in the Oval Office and between them and Mr. Libby and Mr. Rove.