The White House reaction? You've heard it before

The president is "saddened" by Libby verdict but won't say more because there's an "ongoing criminal proceeding."

Published March 6, 2007 6:11PM (EST)

Reaction from the White House: Spokeswoman Dana Perino says the president is "saddened" for Scooter Libby but won't have any further comment about his conviction because his lawyer's talk of an appeal means that there's still an "ongoing criminal proceeding."

That's the same line White House officials have used all along, except when they haven't. On Oct. 10, 2003, then White House press secretary Scott McClellan said that he'd spoken with Karl Rove, Elliott Abrams and Lewis Libby about the outing of Valerie Plame and that all three had "assured" him that "they were not involved in this."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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