Gonzales Aide Monica Goodling Set to Testify
If you can get C-Span3 or watch the streaming video online, it's time for the House Judiciary Committee testimony of Monica Goodling, former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and principal liason between the Department of Justice and the White House regarding the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys late last year. She is expected to spill the beans after having been granted immunity from prosecution.
Live blogging of her testimony at DailyKos is here.
UPDATE: I listened to Goodling's opening statement. She denies being the principal DOJ-White House conduit or speaking to Karl Rove or Harriet Myers peronally, although she admits communicating with members of their staffs. She denies any knowledge of the actual reasons for the firings (i.e., she can't say whether the reasons she supplied in memos and messages were the reasons actually motivating whoever made the ultimate decision). However, she admits that she went too far by asking about, and taking into account, political views and affiliations in the hiring of new Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
Her voice trembled as she called the DOJ community her "family" and said that it was not her intention to say anything bad about anybody. How did this graduate of Pat Robertson's evangelical Christian law school, Regent University, possibly get hired and promoted four times? Oh, that's right, because she IS a graduate of that school.