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THE GOODLING TESTIMONY May 25, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Monica Goodling appeared before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. She can be seen on youtube. I have to admit I found it all a bit too tedious, but the NY Times editorial writers have summarized the issues and point the way forward. Rove, Cheney and Bush probably still believe in their immunity, but perhaps the day of reckoning is getting closer. The editorial notes:

. . . Ms. Goodling made some disturbing admissions yesterday, even as she strained to present every fact in the most favorable light to her Bush administration allies and claimed convenient memory lapses. Ms. Goodling admitted to politicizing the Justice Department in ways that certainly seem illegal; she made clear that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied at a critical point in the investigation; and she gave Congress all the reason it needs to compel Karl Rove and Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, to testify about what they know.

Postscript:

Kevin Drum makes a process case for the House Judiciary Committee questioning, that may have application, for all I know, here as well. He suggests getting skilled interrogators to question unwilling witnesses. That said, it surprises me that the Judiciary Committees would not have experienced lawyers with the relevant background. Perhaps the Senate is better served in this respect.

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