You’ve Got Jail

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.

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9 responses to “You’ve Got Jail

  1. "Fair and Balanced" Dave

    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.

    It also means Goodling, allegedly a lawyer, was either unaware of the Hatch Act or knowingly violating it. Making her at best incompetent and at worst a crook.

  2. Arkades

    The whole “I didn’t mean to” schtick was designed to make it sound like it happened by accident; someone just doing her job who got a bit overzealous without realizing the territory into which she was straying.

    Quite apart from the little matter of it being her job to know what was and wasn’t legal in this circumstance, but trying to conduct the business outside of official channels proves she knew full well she was over the line and was taking steps to leave less of a trail. Which, one might easily conclude, implies pre-meditation.

    Accidentally crossed the line, my ass.

    You nailed it, MB, when you said what she didn’t mean to do was get caught. The law in question was inconvenient, so she ignored it, and hoped it would never come to light. But in no way was it an accident.

  3. L

    You know who’s really at fault? The mistakes. Just ask Alberto. “Mistakes were made.” Please, let’s not forget that. The mistakes did it, not actual people. Now that I think about it, the mistakes probably have it coming. I hear they’re flagrant lawbreakers.

  4. Jay in Oregon

    Isn’t this par for the course for this Administation?

    1: Deny anything happened.
    2: Admit that something may have happened, but not know who did it or why.
    3: Someone eventually admits that they might have done something wrong, but it was completely accidental or they didn’t expect the outcome.
    4: We discover that it was in fact done deliberately, with obvious attempts to cover it up or deflect blame.

    Anyone who is even halfway paying attention should be screaming in incoherent rage about this gang of criminals.

    I think Mike Malloy comes off as shrill with his constant references to “the Bush crime family”; but really, isn’t that what we’re seeing? Organized criminal behavior to enrich themselves and their pals at this country’s expense.

  5. DragonScholar

    Let’s hope she gets some nice jail time despite her deals. All we have to do is keep putting the various cronies in jail until some of then cough up enough information to get a few bigwigs. We may not get them all, but we can turn them against each other.

  6. Feels like trying to swim in a vat of molasses.

  7. L
    Jun 7th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Hahaaha! I think those mistakes also hate our freedoms.

    Goodling knew what she was doing. She managed to dodge well before Congress, and she’s not as evil as those higher up, but she knew what she was doing was wrong. Like many of the Bushies, she felt she had the power, that abusing it was her privilege, and that they wouldn’t get caught. The arrogance was and is pervasive.

  8. Arkades

    Let’s hope she gets some nice jail time despite her deals.

    Weren’t said deals predicated on the basis of truthful testimony? IE, your immunity gets revoked if you perjure yourself? Sounds to me that her use of outside channels shows clear intent to evade detection of her activities, and thus her assertion under oath that she didn’t know she was committing a crime seems patently false.

  9. Melissa McEwan

    Weren’t said deals predicated on the basis of truthful testimony? IE, your immunity gets revoked if you perjure yourself?

    I believe that’s a pretty standard caveat of immunity deals. Maybe our resident legal expert Nightshift can weigh in on that…

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