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Bush Statement Recap
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For those who missed it, Bush’s statement/short press conference probably won’t do much to improve the things for the administration.

President Bush said that he was offering Congress a path to find out what happened by releasing 3,000 pages of emails today and providing more access to information, but said he would “not go along with a public fishing expedition.” He said repeatedly that Democrats were using the issue to score partisan political points, and regrets that the matter became such a “public spectacle.” His explaination for why he won’t let White House staffers (most prominently, Karl Rove) testify was rather weak, in my view: if it became precedent that staffers were forced to testify under oath in public, it would impair their ability to be candid and thus make it more difficult for a president to get good advice. When asked whether the firings were the result of White House pressure, he answered with the stock phrase that there was “no indication that anybody did anything improper.” Meanwhile, he stood by Gonzales when asked about the AG losing support among Democrats and some Republicans: “He’s got support with me,” Bush said.

I want to learn more before I decide whether or not the controversy over the firings is justified or overblown, and President Bush’s statement doesn’t change that, but it didn’t engender much confidence either.

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