Gonzales aide Monica Goodling resigned yesterday, a little more than a week after she plead the fifth rather than testify before a Senate committee about the Justice Department's firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the Times reports. Democrats had hoped Goodling, who was Justice's liaison to the White House, would provide details about Karl Rove's role in the dismissals.
Goodling's attorney said she had invoked her constitutional right not to testify not because she had anything to hide, but because she did not expect fair treatment in the current intensely partisan climate. But her stance had been embarrassing to many in the agency, the Times observes. Goodling is the third associate of the beleaguered attorney general to resign.