Karl Rove and the stonewalling press secretary

Reporters keep asking, but there are still no answers from the White House on Rove's role in the Plame affair.

Published July 22, 2005 2:00PM (EDT)

Sorry Scott McClellan.

John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court couldn't take the spotlight off of Karl Rove's role in the Valerie Plame affair forever. Judging from Thursday's White House press briefing, those snow days are over. The press secretary trotted out his tired "I can't comment on an ongoing investigation" shtick to dodge reporters' questions. Some of the pointed ones that inspired McClellan's nonanswers:

"Why does Karl Rove still have security clearance and access to classified documents when he has been revealed as a leaker of a secret agent, according to Time magazine's correspondent?"

"White House officials have been very clear through their attorneys or through other leaks to make it known that it was essentially journalists who educated them about who Valerie Plame was, what she did and her role in sending her husband to Niger. It has now come to light that in fact White House officials were aware, or at least had access to a State Department memo that the president's own secretary of state at the time had with him when he was traveling on Air Force One to Africa, which indicated both who she was, what she did and her role in the Niger trip. So did the White House, in fact, know about her through this memo, or not?"

Enjoy the full theatrics here. Just don't expect to find any answers.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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