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
Q And did the President express no opinion at all about not being
made aware of these tapes? You said he was — he has no recollection
of being made aware of the tapes or their destruction before
yesterday. Obviously, General Hayden has known for some time that
these tapes existed and were destroyed. Is the President angry or
upset about being kept in the dark?
MS. PERINO: As I said, I’m not going to characterize — I asked
the President about whether he knew about the tapes and their
existence or their destruction; he said he had no recollection of
that. He did not remember being made aware of those prior to yesterday
morning. And as I said in previous times before, I’m not going to
characterize his reaction.
Gonzo Alberto Gonzales tried this I don’t recall bullshit, and nobody believed him. However, we now have evidence that Chimpy is most likely lying. From AFP:
Chimps have better memory than adult humans: study
TOKYO (AFP) — Young chimpanzees have an extraordinary memory that is far better than that of adult humans, a Japanese study said Tuesday.
The research, published in the US journal Current Biology, said young chimpanzees can remember numbers flashed on a computer screen after just one glance.
Original DVD cover.
Explain now why Chimpy doesn’t remember, Dana.