Gonezo’s lawyer won’t testify before Congress.
WASHINGTON — Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday.
“The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real,” said the lawyer, John Dowd.
As I understand it people who know they did not break the law generally do not plead the Fifth. It would not even be an option, correct? If so the administration’s defenders, notably quiet around here lately, can choose whether or not to argue directly that Republicans have some inherent right to break the law.
Speaking of laws, it’s time to propose Tim F’s Second Law of Interchat! To wit, as online discussions of Republican transgressions lengthen the probability of an attempted Clinton Did It! distraction approaches one.
Can anybody guess the statute from which Ms. Goodling is trying to protect herself? Winners get a free subscription to Balloon Juice.