The AP has the dirty:
The White House acknowledged Thursday it has conducted about 20 briefings recently for federal agency employees on the election prospects of Republican candidates _ the sort of meetings that sparked an investigation into whether Bush aides engaged in illegal political activity.
An independent investigative unit, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, this week launched a probe into a presentation by Bush aide J. Scott Jennings to political appointees at the General Services Administration. At issue is whether the January session violated the federal Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activities with government resources or on government time.
The Office of Special Counsel is in charge of enforcing the Hatch Act.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said briefings were held at other federal agencies besides the GSA, for a total of about 20 _ most in 2006 and a couple in 2007. They were conducted by White House political director Sara Taylor or Jennings, her deputy. It had been known that other briefings had been held, but not how many.
So how does the White House explain that? Well they try to act like there is nothing wrong with it (nothing to see hear – nothing wrong with breaking the law – move along!). Josh has the transcript of today’s press briefing.