Thursday, May 03, 2007

Goodling Update

TPM Muckraker has a nice, succinct update on Monica Goodling. It is becoming more clear on why she's pleading the fifth and would like immunity.

Now, there's an important point that needs to be made here. And that is that Gonzales had signed an order in March of last year that gave Goodling and Sampson the power to hire and fire interim U.S. attorneys. And it's already been conclusively shown that Goodling played a major hand in the firing of the eight Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys last December. So if these allegations about Goodling's involvement in the hiring of entry-level prosecutors are correct, it looks like Goodling was working to completely overhaul certain U.S. attorney offices -- replacing the U.S. attorney with an administration loyalist and staffing it with entry-level loyalists. Top to bottom.