Senator Leahy's Statement on Monica Goodling

I can't agree more, Patrick. It is becoming curiouser and curiouser.

Comment Of Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On Testimony Of Former DOJ White House Liaison Monica Goodling
Before The House Judiciary Committee
May 23, 2007

“It is curious that yet another senior Justice Department official claims to have limited involvement in compiling the list that led to the firings of several well-performing federal prosecutors. What we have heard today seems to reinforce the mounting evidence that the White House was pulling the strings on this project to target certain prosecutors in different parts of the country.

“It is deeply troubling that the crisis of leadership at the Department allowed the White House to wield undue political influence over key law enforcement decisions and policies. It is unacceptable that a senior Justice Department official was allowed to screen career employees for political loyalty, and it confirms our worst fears about the unprecedented and improper reach of politics into the Department’s professional ranks.

“As Congress continues its oversight to pull back the curtain on the politicization of the Justice Department, it is abundantly clear that we must do all we can to get to the truth behind this matter and the role White House played in it.”

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee was under-prepared (overall) for Monica Goodling. It seems that there were clues in her opening statement that Democrats could have pounced upon, but didn't. Dhalia Lithwick of Slate dissects what they might have missed, and we learn more about Ms. Goodling. She is certainly not dumb, but she had weaknesses that only a few congressmen were able to exploit (most notably Artur Davis). It's worth a read.

I get the feeling that the Senate Judicial Committee will pass on inviting Goodling to speak, and continue to pursue a subpoena for Karl Rove. Someone has to know how the names of eight USAs ended up on a termination list. If Gonzales, Goodling, McNulty, and Sampson don't know, then we have to go to the White House for answers. Simple as that.