When did the President know it, and what did he do about it?
From today's press gaggle (which Josh called gaggledämmerung):
QUESTION: The President often says he gets his news not from reading the papers or watching TV, but from aides because he's very busy. Do you know if this was brought to his attention? Was he aware of this on July 14th or 15th, or in that time frame, either by reading it himself, or was it brought to his attention? I'm not asking you whether he said anything should do anything about it, but was he aware of this in a timely window --
MR. McCLELLAN: On July 14th?
QUESTION: When the Novak column came out, which I believe was July 14th. It was within that time frame.
MR. McCLELLAN: Call my predecessor. No --
QUESTION: Within a couple of days of that.
MR. McCLELLAN: John, I haven't even asked that question.
QUESTION: Scott, it seems like a good question to ask.
MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry?
QUESTION: That would be a good one if you can take it.
QUESTION: It's probably worth following up on.
QUESTION: When did he become aware of this?
MR. McCLELLAN: Sorry?
QUESTION: When did he become aware that --
MR. McCLELLAN: That there was an allegation that someone leaked classified information? When was that first --
QUESTION: No, no, that an undercover official of the United States government had been outed. When did the President of the United States know that? When was he informed of that? And what was his reaction? Where's the outrage, I think, was the question that was asked.
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the outrage has always been made known. If someone leaks classified information -- are you -- when did --
QUESTION: When did the President know it, and what did he do about it?
Folks, we have our question!