Then how did this happen? Because CBS is a shoddy operation. They said, "Hey, if we can say 'Karl Rove,' 'Siegelman,' that'll be good for ratings. Let's hype it. We'll put out a news release on Thursday and then promo the hell out of it on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday." And Scott Pelley -- the question is, Did [60 Minutes correspondent] Scott Pelley say to this woman, "You say you met with him. Where? And you say that he gave you other assignments earlier. When did he begin giving you assignments, and what campaigns did you work with him in? What evidence? I mean, this woman, she said she met with him: Okay, you met with him -- where? Did you fly to Washington?" Now she says that she talked to me on the phone and she's got phone records. Of calls to Washington and Virginia. But what's Virginia? I don't live in Virginia. And it's 2001. What is in Virginia? It's not the Bush headquarters; that was in Austin, Texas. What is in Virginia? So -- but look, she's a loon.
What about the U.S. attorneys? Should you have had a role in hiring and firing? [a little peeved now] What was my role in firing those U.S. attorneys?
Your position has been -- and tell me if I have this wrong -- that you basically relayed complaints? To the counsel's office. Correct.
And that was an appropriate thing to do? Oh sure. Sure it is. Sure it is.
What's your relationship with the president now? Good. Really good.
Do you talk a lot? Yeah.
Did you know that Laura called you Pigpen? Yeah. [laughs] Laura Bush intimidates me. All the Bushes -- well, most of the Bush men marry incredibly strong women, and they all intimidate me. Barbara Bush I've lived in fear of for thirty-seven years.
What's your goal with this book? You intend to set the record straight, as you see it? Absolutely, absolutely. Sure. You bet. I intend to set the record straight.
I imagine you're going to have a lot to say. Yeah, exactly. Available soon for $29.95.… I gotta go! I gotta go!
Wait, quickly: Do you believe Roger Clemens? Um, yes, I do.
If he gets nailed on perjury charges, is that the kind of guy Bush might pardon? I'm sorry?
Do you think if he got nailed, that would be the type of person Bush would pardon? I'm not gonna answer that. I mean, he done nothing wrong.
Should Scooter Libby be pardoned? I'm not gonna answer that. Just not. Just not. But thanks for asking.
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