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Will Goodling Receive Immunity?


This just in from Paul Kiel at The Muck:  (H/T to twolf1 for the heads up on this.)

The House Judiciary Committee will meet tomorrow morning in order to vote on whether to offer former Justice Department official Monica Goodling immunity to prosecution. Goodling had indicated that she would plead the Fifth rather than testify.

Says Chairman John Conyers (D-MI):

"As the White House Liaison in the Department while the US Attorney firings were planned and carried out, Ms. Goodling clearly has much to contribute to the Committee's understanding of the surrounding circumstances… I am hopeful we can approve immunity so that we can schedule her to testify as soon as possible and begin to clear up the many inconsistencies and gaps surrounding this matter."

I have a lot of questions about this, not the least of which is what sort of proffer Goodling and her counsel have offered to the Committee to engage them in discussions about an immunity offer. Hopefully some information will come out about this issue shortly, but Goodling does provide a direct link in communications between Rove's political shop at the White House and the political appointees at the DoJ who were all involved in decision-making and discussions on the firing of the US Attorneys.

Interesting development, and one that I'll be watching closely.  Here's hoping that the House Judiciary Committee knows exactly what they would be buying with this deal before they make it — and that we'll be avoiding the mistakes that were made in the Iran-Contra immunity-palooza.  Can't be a comfortable detail for AG Gonzales to find out today, especially knowing that Kyle Sampson and others have been talking to both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees over the weekend and nailing down even more detail about the firings, the missing e-mails and other issues.  Here's to a whole lot more sunshine in the days ahead.

More on this from the AP.  (H/T to reader WB for the link.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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