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Following Bush's Deal or No Deal tantrum conference on Monday, Tony Snow tried his best on Tuesday to convince the White House press corps today that, even though Rove and Miers would only be made available for an "interview" (sans transcript and not under oath) to the senate judiciary committee, they would (of course!) be telling The Truth™.
Snow, in his self-proclaimed infinite wisdom, said that if a transcript was available, it would be used for "political spin". Frustrated reporters reminded him that if a transcript is not made available, those senators who were present at the interviews would more likely mischaracterize what was said. True. That's human nature. Mr Snow however, is quite confident that since there would be Democratic and Republican senators present, any resulting spin would be avoided.
It got even more bizarre when Snow said that Bush was never made aware of what was happening with the firings but insisted that his aides should not be compelled to testify because their advice to the president should be protected by executive privilege.
Tony Snow just fell off a turnip truck yesterday, apparently.
In the meantime, today is brought to you by the word "showdown":
WASHINGTON - A House panel on Wednesday defied the White House and authorized subpoenas for President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
By voice vote and without objection, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president’s top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings.
If the White House has nothing to hide, why is it choosing this hill to die on?
Update: Think Progress has a video clips of Snow from today's press conference (not) addressing the 18 day e-mail gap along with Snow's sniping at left-wing blogs.