Justice Official Won’t Testify on Prosecutor Firings
WASHINGTON, March 26 — A lawyer for a Justice Department official involved in the controversial firings of eight United States attorneys said today that his client would not testify on Capitol Hill because she is convinced she would not be treated fairly.The legal logic of this is so bizarre it could have only come from the White House. That combined with Ms Goodling's sudden disappearance shortly after the story first broke would indicate the Justice Department and the White House are concerned about what she might say.
The official, Monica Goodling, the Justice Department’s liaison to the White House, is invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and so will decline to answer “any and all questions regarding the firings,” her lawyer, John M. Dowd, said.
As Bill in DC noted yesterday the congress should simply grant her immunity for anything she might have done in the past. The Democrats should go easy on her. Beating up a nice Christian Girl is not good PR but make her tell what she knows. This is just one more indication that the White House has a lot more to hide than we know.
TPM reader BK has a different take:
Monica Goodling does have a good faith basis for pleading the Fifth Amendment - just not the ones in her lawyer's letter that are getting all the attention.
Under the federal False Statements statute, 18 USC 1001, it is a felony to cause another person to make a false statement to Congress. Since McNulty has allegedly told Senator Schumer that he made a false statement to Congress based on information provided to him by Monica Goodling, Goodling could very well be prosecuted for a Section 1001 violation.
All the rest of the crap in her lawyer's letter is intended to sooth as much as possible WH anger at her for invoking the Fifth.
So Who is Monica Goodling?
If they didn't do anything wrong......