...and a shot across the bow.
From this morning's White House Press Corps gaggle ...
Question: Do you want to retract your statement that Rove -- Karl Rove was not involved in the Valerie Plame expose? -- involved?
McClellan: This is -- no, I appreciate the question. This is an ongoing investigation at this point. The President directed the White House to cooperate fully with the investigation, and as part of cooperating fully with the investigation, that means we're not going to be commenting on it while it is ongoing.
Question: But Rove has apparently commented, through his lawyer, that he was definitely involved.
McClellan: You're asking me to comment on an ongoing investigation.
Question: I'm saying, why did you stand there and say he was not involved?
McClellan: Again, while there is an ongoing investigation, I'm not going to be commenting on it, nor is --
McClellanN: -- any remorse?
McClellan: -- nor is the White House, because the President wanted us to cooperate fully with the investigation, and that's what we're doing.
Question: That's not an answer.
Question: It's not an answer. And you were perfectly willing to comment from that podium while the investigation was going on, and try to clear Karl Rove. Why the double standard? Why were you willing to say Karl Rove was not involved when -- and talk at length about it, when the investigation was going on, and now that he's been caught red-handed, all of a sudden you've got a new line?
McClellan: No, I don't think it is the way you characterize it, as new, because I have said for quite some time that this is an ongoing investigation, and we're not going to get into discussing it while it's an ongoing investigation. I've really said all I'm going to say on it.
Question: But you did -- you did discuss it while it was an ongoing investigation. You stood there and told the American people Karl Rove wasn't involved.
McClellan: I've said all I'm going to say on it. Go ahead, April.