Ex-Justice Aide Points Fingers

Deputy AG was 'not fully candid,' Goodling tells House committee
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2007 1:26 PM CDT
Ex-Justice Aide Points Fingers
Former Justice Department White House liaison Monica Goodling, left, is surrounded by news photographers prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2007, before the House Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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." (Read more Monica Goodling stories.)

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