WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House on Friday backed away from its earlier version of whose idea it was to get rid some of the 93 U.S. attorneys, which has grown into a scandal that threatens Attorney General Anthony Gonzales' job.
The White House said previously the idea for sacking federal prosecutors in Bush's second term came from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, who wanted "new blood" in those offices. Miers became White House counsel after Gonzales moved to the attorney general's office.
But on Friday, White House press secretary Tony Snow said, "It has been described as her idea, but ... I don't want to try to vouch for origination. At this juncture, people have hazy memories."
Snow said it was not immediately clear who first floated the more dramatic idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys shortly after Bush was re-elected to a second term.
"This is as far as we can go: we know that (Bush adviser Karl Rove) recollects Harriet having raised it and his recollection is that he dismissed it as not a good idea," Snow told reporters. "That's what we know. We don't know motivations. ... I don't think it's safe to go any further than that."