Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Goodlings Contradiction

Monica Goodlings opening statement shows that she is fully onboard with the Justice Department's strategy of blaming the entire affair on Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty. We saw the seeds of this strategy planted the day after McNulty resigned, with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales repeatedly asserting that the final reasoning for the firings had been McNulty's. Gonzales could barely contain his glee, smirking through out the press conference in which he repeatedly layed the blame at the feet of McNulty.

Yet Monica's take on the situation demonstrates a singular unwillingness to acknowledge her own responsibility in the less than truthful testimony from DOJ officials to Congress. She points to various players telling her to stay out of sight lest she be recognized as White House liason, causing Congressional inquiry into the White House role in the firings. She then castigates McNulty for being less than truthful with his testimony to Congress regarding White House involvement.

If Goodling is part and parcel of an attempt to hide her own role from Congress because she is White House liason, it is hardly convincing that she now professes shock that the White House role was not truthfully discussed while she was being shuffled into the background in order to throw Congress off the scent. Obviously she knew why she was being hidden. She was part of the plan to forward the coverup, and blaming that on McNulty now seems disingenuous.

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