Is Goodling’s Attorney’s Assistant the DCMadam’s Assistant?
Scandals collide! — the BushCo-rattling USAttorneys scandal may have intersected with the titillating DCMadam scandal. And just in time, after the extraordinary buildup and letdown from ABCNews "investigative reporter" Brian Ross on Friday night (transcript). I guess 20/20 doesn't believe in full release and happy endings.
The notion that variety of scandals might indeed be linking up is not outside the realm of possibility. Remember, prostitution was alleged in the Duke Cunningham case:
Federal authorities are investigating allegations that a California defense contractor arranged for a Washington area limousine company to provide prostitutes to convicted former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) and possibly other lawmakers, sources familiar with the probe said yesterday.
We've learned that the Akin Gump temptress worked for someone even more senior at the firm — and even more powerful. We have confirmed, with knowledgeable sources, what was previously rumored in reader comments. The Akin Gump Escort worked for John M. Dowd, the high-powered head of the firm's criminal litigation group.
David asks the relevant question:
Does this mean that telephone and/or face-to-face conversations took place between (1) the Magnificent Monica Goodling, of U.S. Attorneygate fame, and (2) the Akin Gump Escort? Presumably Monica Goodling had to interact with the Akin Gump Escort, whenever she called John Dowd on the phone, or came to his office for a meeting. Please excuse us for a moment. Our head is about to explode, due to fabulosity overload!!!
And gets a standard non-denial from AkinGump:
Per your query, I write to advise that this is an internal personnel matter, and as such we will not provide comment. Going forward, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Kind Regards, Sheila M. Turner Director of Communications Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Think about this for a moment, firepups: did John Dowd's letter to Henry Waxman on client Monica Goodling's behalf get typed up by the assistant manager to Deborah Jeane Palfrey? Did Monica Goodling make her attorney appointments with the DCMadam's assistant manager?
Margolis testified in private that he tried to console Goodling and listened to her discuss her personal life, a congressional aide said. He recalled telling a colleague that he was concerned about Goodling's emotional state, the aide said.