The deputy attorney general dissembled in his Senate testimony about the US attorney firings, Monica Goodling told a House committee today. Testifying under limited immunity from prosecution, the AG's former White House liaison said Paul McNulty's account was "incomplete or inaccurate" and accused him of "downplaying" the White House's role in the firings.
Shedding little light on the decision-making process, Goodling said she did not discuss the ouster of nine federal prosecutors with Karl Rove or Harriet Miers before the fact. She did acknowledge asking about the political sympathies of applicants for career positions, a violation of federal law."I believe I crossed the line," she said, "but I didn't mean to."