Thursday, May 24, 2007

Talibangelical Monica's Special Stain Spreads; Gonzo Frames Obstruction of Justice As "Consolation." O What a Prize Is Gonzo.

Even Talibangelical Monica knew she shouldn't be talking with Gonzo when Gonzo tried to get her to get their story straight.

Ms. Goodling appeared to contradict Mr. Gonzales’s testimony to the committee this month in which he said he had not spoken to his senior aides since the firings “to protect the integrity of this investigation.”

During a meeting in March before she resigned, Ms. Goodling said, Mr. Gonzales asked her questions that left her uncomfortable. She thought he might be trying to compare recollections, so their stories would be consistent if they were questioned about their actions, she said. “I just thought maybe we shouldn’t have that conversation,” she said.

Brian J. Roehrkasse, a Justice Department spokesman, said in a statement that Mr. Gonzales “has never attempted to influence or shape the testimony or public statements of any witness in this matter, including Ms. Goodling. The statements made by the attorney general during this meeting were intended only to comfort her in a very difficult period.”

NYTimes here.

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