McClellan Blasts Bush for Not Firing Rove

Role in Plamegate was enough to can him, ex-Bushie says
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2008 4:35 PM CDT
Republican strategist Karl Rove addresses delegates at the Republican state convention at the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, May 31, 2008 in Rochester, Min.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush should have fired aide Karl Rove over the Plamegate affair, Scott McClellan said today. Publicizing his Washington tell-all book, McClellan also blasted Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Dick Cheney's ex-chief of staff, for denying they had leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name, the AP reports. "We had higher standards at the White House."

"I think the president should have stood by his word and that meant Karl should have left," McClellan said on Meet the Press. "The president said he was going to restore honor and integrity. We didn't live up to that. When it become known that his top adviser had been involved, then the bar was moved." (Read more Scott McClellan stories.)