Republicans pandered. Democrats smelled something rotten.
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., hammered Goodling on her decisions to hire prosecutors who favored Republicans.
“Do you believe they were illegal or legal?” Scott asked.
“I don’t believe I intended to commit a crime,” Goodling, a lawyer, answered.
“Did you break the law? Is it against the law to take those considerations into account?” Scott said.
“I believe I crossed the line, but I didn’t mean to,” she responded.
Goodling told the House committee that she and others at the Justice Department fully briefed McNulty, who is resigning later this year, about the circumstances before his Feb. 6 testimony in front of a Senate panel. Goodling also said Kyle Sampson, who resigned in March as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, compiled the list of prosecutors who were purged last year.
“To the best of my knowledge, I never had a conversation with Karl Rove or Harriet Miers while I served at the Department of Justice and I’m certain I never spoke to either of them about the hiring or firing of any U.S. attorney,” Goodling said in her opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee.
“I don’t believe that I intended to commit a crime.” What a bunch of lawyer speak!!! I’m 100% positive that there is something rotten in the cotton. The problem is that we are playing out an episode of Law and Order where it is clear that one of the twins killed the man but they both point the finger at each other and so everyone is confused. How could you not know if you spoke to Karl Rove? A conservative not knowing if they met Karl Rove. Somebody get me a barf bag I’m about to puke.