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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Republican hipocrisy

This just in - Republicans now support the Constitution of the United States of America! (Now that it serves their purposes. . .) :

[From McClatchy Newspapers]

Monica Goodling, the Department of Justice official who said Monday that she'll invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than talk to lawmakers, is a frequent figure in department e-mails released so far as part of the congressional investigation into the firings and hirings of U.S. attorneys.

Goodling, 33, is a 1995 graduate Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., an institution that describes itself as "committed to embracing an evangelical spirit."

She received her law degree at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Regent, founded by Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, says its mission is "to produce Christian leaders who will make a difference, who will change the world."

E-mails show that Goodling was involved in planning the dismissals and in later efforts to limit the negative reaction. As the Justice Department's liaison to the White House, she could shed light on the extent of White House involvement in the dismissals.

Goodling took a leading role in making sure that Tim Griffin, a protege of presidential adviser Karl Rove, replaced H.E. "Bud" Cummins as the U.S. attorney in Arkansas. Documents released to Congress include communications between Goodling and Scott Jennings, Rove's deputy.

In an Aug. 18, 2006, e-mail to Kyle Sampson, then Gonzales' chief of staff, Goodling warned of potential political problems with Griffin's appointment and underscored White House interest in getting it done.

"We have a senator prob, so while wh is intent on nominating, scott thinks we may have a confirmation issue," Goodling wrote.

At Jennings' request, documents show, Goodling agreed to meet last summer with two Republican activists from New Mexico who felt that U.S. Attorney David Iglesias wasn't doing enough to pursue allegations of voter fraud by Democrats. Iglesias believes the issue was a key factor in his firing.

In a June 20 e-mail, Jennings asked Goodling to arrange a Justice Department meeting for New Mexico Republican Mickey Barnett, who came to Washington with Paul Rogers, another GOP activist.

"It is sensitive - perhaps you should do it," Jennings suggested.

"Happy to do so," Goodling replied. A copy of her daily planner, which was provided to congressional investigators, shows that she met with the two the next day.


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Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Naturally, that part of the Constitution (the Fifth amendment) has been left untouched, they figured they may need it to cover their asses.

title="comment permalink">March 27, 2007 10:31 PM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Since the FIFTH amendment has to do with SELF-INCRIMINATION, not with so-called "executive privilege", doesn't it make all of y'all wonder just exactly what crimes did she commit that she'd be implicating herself to be a criminal by testifying?

It's funny to read the "conservatives" who don't understand that, and think that ANYONE can "take the fifth" to not answer a question they just don't feel like answering, or to coverup for someone else.

title="comment permalink">March 28, 2007 7:47 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Lew - Ayup, that one as well as the NRA plank. . .

Sew - Maybe it's her way of saying "I will talk BIG TIME if you grant me immunity"?

title="comment permalink">March 28, 2007 7:34 PM  

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