From Reuters (transcript of White House press briefing 12-07-07):
WASHINGTON–(Business Wire)–James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
12:42 P.M. EST
MS. [Dana] PERINO: Good afternoon. I don’t have anything to start with on
this Friday, so I’ll go straight to questions. Jennifer.
Q Thanks. On these CIA videotapes, did either the President or
Vice President or Condoleezza Rice, when she was National Security
Advisor, or Steve Hadley, see them before they were destroyed?
MS. PERINO: I spoke to the President, and so I will have to defer
on the others. But I spoke to the President this morning about this.
He has no recollection of being made aware of the tapes or their
destruction before yesterday. He was briefed by General Hayden
yesterday morning. And as to the others, I’ll have to — I’ll refer
you to the Vice President’s office and I’ll see if I can get the
Q Was there any White House involvement in approving or commenting
upon their destruction?
MS. PERINO: As I said, the President has no recollection knowing
about the tapes or about their destruction, and so I can’t answer the