FLASHBACK 9/23/03: “The President Knows Karl Rove Wasn’t Involved”

This morning, Newsweek revealed that Karl Rove told Time reporter Matt Cooper that Joe Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA.

Here is what White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said about the matter on 9/23/03:

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 —

Pretty strong language from Mr. McClellan. Will someone in the White House press corps ask for an explanation?