NBC's Tim Russert asked Scott McClellan if President Bush should have fired Karl Rove for his role in leaking Valeria Plame's name in the CIA leak case.


Partial transcript

RUSSERT: The President said at the time, if someone committed a crime, they would no longer work in my administration. Do you feel dooubl the President should have fired Karl Rove?

MCCLELLAN: That's a choice the President had to decide and he chose not to. I think the president should have stood by his word and Karl was involved in it. That would be a tough decision. I don't know if there was any crime committed, I say, I just don't know that in the book. But we had higher standards at the white house. The President said he was going to restore honor and integrity. He said we were going to set the highest of standards. We didn't live up to that. When it became know that his top adviser had been involved, then the bar was moved. It was moved to, if anyone is indicted, they'll no longer be here.

RUSSERT: So you think he should have been dismissed?

MCCLELLAN: Yes. Scooter Libby was --

RUSSERT: He resigned.

MCCLELLAN: But you think Rove --?

RUSSERT: I think Karl should have left.

This video is from NBC's Meet the Press, broadcast June 1, 2008.


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