The Fifth

2 comments March 27th, 2007at 05:41pm Posted by Eli

Okay, I think I’m slow on the uptake and probably the last person to explicitly make this connection, but since Monica Goodling’s attempt to take the fifth to avoid testifying to Congress essentially signals that the US Attorney firings are an honest-to-God criminal matter now, as opposed to just inappropriate behavior…

Doesn’t this remove one of the distinctions the Bushies could make about this investigation vs. other investigations where senior WH aides were compelled to testify; namely, that it was not a criminal matter?

This would be an even richer irony than the idea that Dubya would have to admit to being involved in the decision process in order to claim executive privilege. (I suspect that it will ultimately come down to Dubya simply asserting that he has “fuck all y’all” privilege…)

I’m sure I’m probably the last person on Earth to make the connection, but I’ve been a bit out of the loop the past couple of days.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

2 Comments

  • 1. MEC  |  March 28th, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    The Republican talking heads’ explanation for Goodling pleading the Fifth is that she doesn’t want to be victimized by those big bad Democrats, who only want to forcer her t otestify under oath so they can set a “perjury trap” for her. You know, like the FBI and [Republican-appointed] Patrick Fitzgerald did to poor, innocent Scooter Libby.

    Hmm. Setting a perjury trap? Where have we heard of that happening? Projection: it’s not just for movie theaters.

  • 2. Eli  |  March 28th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    If there’s no underlying crime, then there’s no reason to lie.

    There’s also no reason to take the fifth…


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