"BREAKING: Bush Dodges Rove Questions"
Here’s the full text of Bush’s answer to two questions regarding Plamegate.
Q: Thank you sir? Can I ask you if you have spoken with your deputy chief of staff Karl Rove about the Valerie Plame matter and do you think he acted improperly in talking about it with reporters?
Bush: Mark, I have instructed every member of my staff to fully cooperate in this investigation. I also will not prejudge the investigation based on media reports. We’re in the midst of an ongoing investigation. And I will be more than happy to comment further once the investigation is completed. Elaine.
Q: Mr. President, on that front, has Mr. Rove come to you and discussed — when did he discuss the fact that he had conversations with reporters about Valerie Plame? And based on that, do you feel as though it was appropriate for your spokesman to say definitively that Karl Rove had nothing to do with the Valerie Plame matter?
Bush: Elaine, we’re in the midst of an ongoing investigation, and this is a serious investigation. And it is very important for people not to prejudge the investigation based on media reports. And again, I will be more than happy to comment on this matter once it is complete.