Things I learned at Regent U. Law
In a strong opening gambit, Monica Goodling invokes the Paris Hilton Defense:
Goodling initially refused to answer committee chairman John Conyers’ first question — about who drew up the list of prosecutors who were fired last year. Conyers responded by granting Goodling immunity, as approved earlier by the judge.
“You are obligated to answer each question completely and truthfully,” Conyers, D-Mich., said sternly.
â€˜Did you break the law?â€™
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., hammered Goodling on her decisions to hire prosecutors who favored Republicans.
â€œDo you believe they were illegal or legal?â€ Scott asked.
â€œI donâ€™t believe I intended to commit a crime,â€ Goodling, a lawyer, answered.
â€œDid you break the law? Is it against the law to take those considerations into account?â€ Scott said.
â€œI believe I crossed the line, but I didnâ€™t mean to,â€ she responded.
Considering her theological bent, we can expect the Flip Wilson (“The devil made me do it”) defense before the day is out.