Gonzalez and Co. are sitting right near the fan as it's being hit by the sh*t and I couldn't be happier to see them get their comeuppance for years of back-room politics and misuse of public funds (honestly, I don't want my taxes being spent so that these pricks can place their friends in high places). What a bunch of clowns. And now this:
Counselor Cites Fifth Amendment Right in Refusal
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's senior counselor yesterday refused to testify in the Senate about her involvement in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Monica M. Goodling, who has taken an indefinite leave of absence, said in a sworn affidavit to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she will "decline to answer any and all questions" about the firings because she faces "a perilous environment in which to testify."
The trouble with the fifth amendment is that it makes you sound guilty right off the bat because most people think of the part that says no person "shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself". But there's more to the fifth than this: it also covers the idea that "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury..." (wiki entry). The American people, if they listen, aren't going to take well to their elected officials using the fifth amendment. Goodling is trying to pass the Judiciary committee off as a politically charged forum, which it is. But then, is there something that she feels she would say in a politically charged forum that she wouldn't say in one that was less so?
Either way, things don't look good for Goodling. I don't doubt that a Grand Jury would easily indict her and then she'd have to either testify or go to prison. Talk about making sacrifices for your boss. I wonder if she'll be the scapegoat for Rove on this one like Scooter was for the whole Plame-gate. Rove must owe a lot of people for all the ass-saving he gets.