When Mr. Gibbs was pressed on the matter Thursday, he resolutely referred to his original statement exonerating the White House and refused to elaborate.
“But you never really explained what the conversation was,” said Jake Tapper of ABC News.
“And I don’t have anything to add today,” Mr. Gibbs said.
“But,” Mr. Tapper continued, “if the White House offers a congressman a position in the administration in order to convince that congressman not to run for office ...”
“I don’t have anything to add to that,” Mr. Gibbs said.
Mr. Tapper persisted: “But do you really think the American people don’t have a right to know about what exactly the conversation was?”
“I don’t have anything to add to what I said in March,” Mr. Gibbs said.
The White House had nothing more to say Monday. David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, said on CNN, “I don’t think any questions will be left unanswered on this,”