From the Washington Post:
President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.
In an interview with Fox News, Bush said he hopes DeLay will be cleared of charges that he illegally steered corporate money into campaigns for the Texas legislature and will reclaim his powerful leadership position in Congress.
Well, that saves us all the trouble of having a trial. Gee, thanks, Mr. President.
Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld should start looking for work.
Bush dismissed rumors that Rumsfeld will leave his post early next year. Asked if Rumsfeld will stay through the second term, Bush said: “Well, end of my term is a long time, but I tell you, he’s done a heck of a good job and I have no intention of changing him.” [Emphasis added.]
Remember the last guy who got a “heck of a job” props from the President? And what’s with the “changing him” phrasing? For a moment there I had this whole metamorphosis thing going, wondering if the next SecDef will be Franz Kafka.