May 23 2007
11:13 am

On CNN just now, she testified before Congress that part of her job was to check out the political background of lawyers applying for career DOJ jobs. No ties yet to the fired US Attorneys...

And thank goodness they now have a proper photo to replace that summer camp photo they've been running for weeks!

UPDATE: Says she never talked to Karl Rove or Harriet Miers and she especially never talked to them about firing any US Attorneys. (Her job was senior counsel and White House liaison for Gonzalez and the DOJ.)

UPDATE: CBS: Goodling says it's all on McNulty and Sampson. Says Sampson compiled the list of prosecutors who were fired. Says Deputy AG McNulty's testimony before Congress "was incomplete or inaccurate in a number of respects," and he was "not fully candid" with Congress. Regarding other hires, Goodling says "I may have gone too far, and I may have taken inappropriate political considerations into account on some occasions. And I regret those mistakes."

UPDATE: Did Gonzales try to "shape" Goodling's testimony? More here and here.

cafkia's picture


The question of the day that none of the congresscriminals is smart enough to ask is "What question(s) did you think was going to make you incriminate yourself?" And of course, the appropriate follow-up question.



It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
  - William G. McAdoo

R. Neal's picture

Sounds to me like she's been

Sounds to me like she's been coached to lay it all off on the lower ranking officials, and cop to the "inappropriate political considerations" regarding hires she was involved in.

Factchecker's picture

Exactly. She made mistakes

Exactly. She made mistakes because she is meek and naive (as well as immune from prosecution). And the bigger (but not biggest) fish who squealed are the real villains.

How could anyone have expected anything else than this?

Rachel's picture

More from the accountability

More from the accountability free administration. "I crossed the line on civil service rules, but I didn't mean to."

Oh, gag me.

Aren't conservatives supposed to be big on personal responsibility and accountability? Where's CBT?

Sven's picture

Better inquisitors, plz Did

Better inquisitors, plz

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Did anyone else know David Iglesias was the inspiration for A Few Good Men?

Bbeanster's picture

Rep. Artur Davis

Rep. Artur Davis (D-Alabama) is a very sharp guy. He is nailing Alberto to the wall with his examination of Goodling.
More accurately, I think he is pounding the nails into Alberto's coffin lid.

Wow. Look at this resume:


I'm a bit embarrassed that I didn't know a thing about this guy until today. He is impressing the heck out of me. Brilliant young man.

amybroyles's picture

Recently (or is it Regently) on Bill Moyer's Journal

I saw this a couple of weeks ago on PBS:

Rachel's picture

Just for fun, I checked 4

Just for fun, I checked 4 conservative blogs (Instapundit, RedState, Powerline, NR The Corner) to get their take on Goodling's testimony. The unanimous verdict - Monica who?

Geez, you think a law professor might be just the teeniest bit interested in what's happening in the DOJ.

Factchecker's picture

Geez, you think a law

Geez, you think a law professor might be just the teeniest bit interested in what's happening in the DOJ.

You think he was about Monica or about Janet Reno, if he was blogging during the Elian Gonzalez incident? Heh.

Andy Axel's picture

It's much more interesting

It's much more interesting to keep on blatting about Newsom/Christian thing, no doubt.


Am I the only solipsist here?

Carole Borges's picture

She's kind of pretty and moved up awfully fast...

I hate it when women pull the girl thing. "Oh, silly me, I just didn't know." This is not a mistake in how many cups of butter to add to your cake.

Reading about her amazing rise to the big time I was struck by the fact that her only credientials seemed to be her "loyalty to the administration".


"Her legal experience was limited; she had graduated in 1999 from Regent University School of Law, which was founded by Pat Robertson. Deeply religious and politically conservative, Ms. Goodling seemed to believe that part of her job was to bring people with similar values into the Justice Department, several former colleagues said."

After seeing her performance on the tube yesterday, I'm wondering what her other credientials might be?

Factchecker's picture

The best and brightest?

Regent University School of Law, which was founded by Pat Robertson.

A tier 4 school on a scale where tier 1 is best. I understand the W admin hired some 160 Regent graduates to be on its staff.

Sven's picture

Dahlia Lithwick is right;

Dahlia Lithwick is right; the Dems got pwned. A big part of the problem was all the sniggering about her crying spell (which may have well been a strategic leak) and the Regent U. stuff. She may not have met the qualifications for her job title, but it was a big mistake to assume she was an airhead.

It's apparent that the basic rule of thumb with the Bushies is: If the position is politically important like Goodling's, assume it's held by a savvy political operative. If it's not, like the head of FEMA, assume it's held by a mindless hack.

Sven's picture

Agreed on Davis - he

Agreed on Davis - he definitely outflanked her on Gonzales (although I suspect she was prepared to give some ground on that front anyway - just not that much).

The problem is, no one got her to point a finger at the White House. If they'd just picked up on the clues...

Sven's picture

Holy crap: So, just how did

Holy crap:

So, just how did Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) know to ask all those probing, dramatic questions about the mid-March meeting between Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and Monica Goodling?

Her lawyer told him to ask, that's how.

So that's the calculation. She gives just enough to justify the grant of immunity. Not one iota more. The rest is just kabuki.

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