Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, March 26, 2007
Great Visuals
By now you've likely heard that Department of Justice Aide Monica Goodling plans on taking the fifth rather than testifying in front of Congress.

Can you imagine the visuals?
Senator: Ms. Goodling, can you tell us what was said at your meeting with Attorney General Gonzales on blah blah date?

Goodling: Senator, I refuse to answer on the grounds that the answer may tend to incriminate me.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Repeat over and over again.

If the Senators have their act together, they'll ask her questions for a couple of hours. This would complete the accurate depiction of the Bush administration as a mob family pulling the levers to stay out of jail.

As I understand it. You can only take the fifth if you have reasonable belief that you've committed a crime. Certainly she's implying that there is wrongdoing going on and that she might get caught in a "perjury trap". Ok. Then give her immunity and voila', immunity doesn't apply. I don't think that any wrongdoing by Monica Goodling is the goal of the investigation. You know, small fish/big fish.