House Grants Monica Goodling Immunity

Think Progress reports that the House Judiciary Committee has voted to grant Monica Goodling immunity for her testimony about the firing of U.S. Attorneys.

On MSNBC yesterday, fired U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, in addition to saying he filed a Complaint with the Office of Special Counsel against Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales (and Goodling) for violating the Hatch Act,

It’s is something I filed back on April 3 of this year…based on, you know, Special Counsel having powers to investigate where evidence goes. I actually filed a Hatch Act complaint against Gonzales, McNulty, Sampson and Goodling and they’re already getting documents from the Justice Department and possibly from the White House. […]

...I think Monica Goodling is holding the keys to the kingdom. I think if they get her to testify under oath with a transcript, and have her describe the process between the information flow between the White House counsel, White House and the Justice Department, I believe the picture becomes a lot clearer.

As to Rove,


MATTHEWS: What law do you believe [Rove] broke?

IGLESIAS: He could have violated the Hatch Act by putting undue pressure on the Justice Department to fire me and my colleagues.

MATTHEWS: Do you have any evidence that Karl Rove had a hand in your dumping, your firing?

IGLESIAS: There are some emails — there is some evidence. It is circumstantial now. I believe if OSC digs in, they can get direct evidence.

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    The loud thud (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 12:35:46 PM EST
    was either Karl Rove or Alberto Gonzales falling over, I think.

    Maybe both:
    "Monica Goodling is the jugular that connects DOJ and the White House on this issue," says Bruce Fein, a well-known conservative lawyer and former senior official in the Reagan Justice Dept. "The obvious possibility that she might be given a grant of immunity will put the fear of God into other witnesses and encourage their truth telling."

    How does immunity effect G's OSC testimony? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Rick B on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 05:43:23 PM EST
    What does the House committee giving Goodling immunity do to any testimony she is asked to give the OSC? Will the two investigations need to be coordinated in any manner?

    Can she be tried for giving conflicting testimony? Or if she flat out lies to the House committee?

    What is Monica Goodling's personal risk now. It seems likely to me, a non-lawyer, that her personal risk has increased with the provision of immunity given her by the House committee. But I'm just guessing.