Mr. Libby has informed me that he is resigning to fight the charges brought against him. I have accepted his decision with deep regret.So, you remember when Scotty promised he would talk about it after the Grand Jury was finished? Don't hold your breath. There is no press briefing from today and it is past five o'clock in DC. Alternately, today the W,Rove and Co spectacle were busy ducking questions aboard Airforce One on the way to some PR Opportunity in Norfolk VA:
Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known. He has given many years of his life to public service and has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction.
In our system of government an accused person is presumed innocent until a contrary finding is made by a jury after an opportunity to answer the charges and a full airing of the facts. Mr. Libby is entitled to that opportunity.
Because this is a pending legal proceeding, in fairness to all those involved, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the charges or on any facts relating to the proceeding.
Q Will the President be prepared to talk once Mr. Fitzgerald has made his announcements?
MR. McCLELLAN: Let's see what the special prosecutor has to say, if he has something to say later today.
Q Were Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby in senior staff this morning?
MR. McCLELLAN: They were both at the White House this morning and participating in meetings.
Q But specifically in senior staff?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think Karl left his house a little bit later than normal, so he was in a little bit later. And Scooter did come to senior staff.
Q Has Karl informed anybody at the White House that he's been informed that he is not to be indicted today, as his lawyer is telling others?
MR. McCLELLAN: All I know, Geoff, is that there's a lot of speculation and I don't have anything to add beyond that.
Q Karl, we understand, met late last night with the President. Was that -- can you tell us if that was about the pending indictments, or was this on a regular business matter?
MR. McCLELLAN: I saw that report and I'm not sure what they were referring to. If you have more information I'll be glad to check into it.
Q Is that typical that Karl talks with the President outside of normal business hours?
MR. McCLELLAN: Yes. He's Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. We don't have normal business hours at the White House. But again, I don't know what the Associated Press is referring to, that Geoff was bringing up. If you find out more, let me know and I'll check into it. Obviously, there are a lot of meetings that go on, on a lot of important priorities that we're focused on, and so --
MR. McCLELLAN: I'm not going to get into what-ifs at this point. If, as is reported in the media, the special prosecutor has more to say today, then we'll be ready to talk after that.