On Libby - Bush the Liar... Sort Of...

It started here:
The President has set high standards, the highest of standards for people in his administration. He's made it very clear to people in his administration that he expects them to adhere to the highest standards of conduct.

Press Secretary, Scott McClellan - 9.29.2003

...and Bush chimed in the next day:
...and if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.

President, George W. Bush - 9.30.2003

And then we have this from McClellan:
If someone in this administration leaked classified information, they will no longer be a part of this administration, because that's not the way this White House operates, that's not the way this President expects people in his administration to conduct their business.

Scott McClellan - 10.7.2003

And later Bush responded to a reporter who asked if he would keep his promise:
Yes. And that's up to the U.S. Attorney to find the facts.

George W. Bush - 10.6.2004

And finally:
I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.

George W. Bush - 7.18.2005

The date George W. Bush fired I. Lewis Libby? He didn't have to, but Bush Co.'s keeping Libby around on the pretense that he hasn't commited a crime (or that he didn't "leak classified information") is a mighty thin thread. It's sort of like qualifying the meaning of the word is, and it makes Bush looks like an ass and a liar.


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