Taking both sides of every issue

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, July 11, 2005.
In reference to the leaking of the name of CIA agent

…This question is coming up in the context of this ongoing investigation, and that’s why I said that our policy continues to be that we’re not going to get into commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation from this podium.

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, January 3, 2006
In reference to Jack Abramoff’s plea deal for buying political influence, which is still part of an ongoing criminal investigation:

…If he broke laws, he needs to be held to account and he needs to be punished.

That’s our executive branch for you, straddling both sides of every issue.


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