When Monica Goodling requested the memo that gave her the authority to hire and fire DOJ staffers based on their politics, she made sure that it was done “outside the system.” Think Progress has the story.
The memo suggested “a broad effort was under way by the White House to place politically and ideologically loyal appointees throughout the Justice Department, not just at the U.S.-attorney level.” During testimony last month, Goodling admitted that she had “taken inappropriate political considerations into account” while hiring career employees at the Department.
In her testimony last month, Ms. Goodling also said that she “didn’t mean to” go over the line in her politicization of the hiring and promotion process at the DOJ. Oh, really? That means you did it by accident, as in “I didn’t mean to knock the Coke bottle over on your desk and spooge your budget projections.” What she probably meant when she said she “didn’t mean to” was that she didn’t mean to get busted. It’s the Homer Simpson excuse: “Honest, Marge! I wouldn’ta done it if I knew I was gonna get caught!”
When you write an e-mail that says it’s “Okay to send [it] directly up to me, outside the system,” that sounds not only like you meant it, but you were actually taking steps so that other people wouldn’t find out what you were doing. That does not fall into the “oops, I didn’t mean to” category, and it calls into question her testimony when she said that it was not her intention to circumvent the law.
It makes you wonder what’s going to happen to her immunity deal with Congress. That covered her actions during the time she was serving at DOJ, but if she lied to or mislead Congress in her testimony, that’s a whole other matter. She could be looking at some serious trouble here.