2005-07-19

Bush-Sprecher: Auch wir wollen die Fakten wissen

--- Die Pressefragerunden im Wei�en Haus mit Bush-Sprecher Scott McClellan verkommen im Umfeld der Rove-Aff�re immer mehr zur Farce. Hier gibt es Ausschnitte aus der gestrigen Sitzung, die das Mauern McClellans weiter dokumentieren Es geht um den m�glichen Geheimnisverrat von Karl Rove und/oder anderen Bush-Beratern:
Q Is leaking, in your judgment of his interpretation, a crime?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'll leave it at what the President said. Go ahead.

Q What is his problem? Two years, and he can't call Rove in and find out what the hell is going on? I mean, why is it so difficult to find out the facts? It costs thousands, millions of dollars, two years, it tied up how many lawyers? All he's got to do is call him in.

MR. McCLELLAN: You just heard from the President. He said he doesn't know all the facts. I don't know all the facts.

Q Why?

MR. McCLELLAN: We want to know what the facts are. Because --

Q Why doesn't he ask him?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'll tell you why, because there's an investigation that is continuing at this point, and the appropriate people to handle these issues are the ones who are overseeing that investigation. There is a special prosecutor that has been appointed. And it's important that we let all the facts come out. And then at that point, we'll be glad to talk about it, but we shouldn't be getting into --

Q You talked about it to reporters.

MR. McCLELLAN: We shouldn't be getting into prejudging the outcome. Go ahead.

Q Scott, we don't know all the facts, but we know some of the facts. For example, Matt Cooper says he did speak to Karl Rove and Lewis Libby about these issues. So given the fact that you have previously stood at that podium and said these men did not discuss Valerie Plame or a CIA agent's identity in any way, does the White House have a credibility problem?

MR. McCLELLAN: No. You just answered your own question. You said we don't know all the facts. And I would encourage everyone not to prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

Q But on the specifics -- on the specifics, you made statements that have proven to be untrue.

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me answer your question, because you asked a very specific question. The President has great faith in the American people and their judgment. The President is the one who directed the White House to cooperate fully in this investigation with those who are overseeing the investigation. And that's exactly what we have been doing. The President believes it's important to let the investigators do their work, and at that point, once they have come to a conclusion, then we will be more than happy to talk about it.
Man wundert sich ja schon, wieso die Presse die Termine mit dem "Nicht-Sprecher" �berhaupt noch wahrnimmt und nicht einfach mal boykottiert.

Und sonst: Joschka Fischer diskreditiert Linkspartei-Vorreiter Oskar Lafontaine und wirft ihm vor, sich als "deutscher Haider" aufzuspielen. Selbst sind wir aber gar nicht populistisch drauf, Herr Fischer?

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Gro�e Worte bei leeren Kassen: Wirtschaftsweise sehen riesige Deckungsl�cken. Die Wahlversprechen aller Parteien sind nach Einsch�tzung von Experten weit �berzogen. Allein im Programm der Union werden nach Berechnungen von Bert R�rup, dem Chef der Wirtschaftsweisen, mehr als neun Milliarden Euro mehr versprochen als im Staatshaushalt vorhanden sind.

Gotteskrieger im Web: Terror Forum Sows Seeds of Jihad. A popular pro-jihadist, London-registered message board -- Tajdeed.org.uk -- is under scrutiny as the fallout from the London terror attack continues, Wired News.