Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Conyers to Goodling
John Conyers sent a letter to Monica "I'll take the fifth" Goodling. The short version is that Conyers doesn't think she has the grounds for the fifth, but either way he wants her to come over and tell the committee about it.
We have reviewed Ms. Goodling's declaration and the letters you sent to us and Senator Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and we are concerned that several of the asserted grounds for refusing to testify do not satisfy the well-established bases for a proper invocation of the Fifth Amendment against self- incrimination. In addition, of course, the Fifth Amendment privilege, under long-standing Supreme Court precedents, does not provide a reason to fail to appear to testify; the privilege must be invoked by the witness on a question-by-question basis.
Ask a question, get the fifth response. Lather, rinse, repeat.