Gonzales aide Monica Goodling to resign; still faces Congressional queries
CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer is reporting that the Justice Department's White House Liaison Monica Goodling will resign. But RAW STORY has learned that the move won't assure Goodling will shake the congressional investigators who are on her trail.
Reporter Elaine Quijano said that a letter was submitted with Goodling's resignation effective tomorrow. CNN's Political Ticker showed the letter to be very brief.
"I am hereby submit my resignation to the Office of the Attorney General, effective April 7, 2007. It has been an honor to have served at the Department of Justice for the past five years. May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America," the letter said.
A spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee told RAW STORY that Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) would still seek to question Goodling.
"The Chairman remains committed to questioning Monica Goodling, especially with this new development. Her involvement and general knowledge of what happened makes her a valuable piece to this puzzle," the spokesperson said in an e-mail.
Goodling, who served as a top counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, had made news for insisting to Members of Congress that she would invoke her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. On Wednesday, Goodling's basis for pleading the Fifth was questioned by members of the House Judiciary Committee. Goodling's attorney responded by saying that the Committee was behaving like Senator Joseph McCarthy.
On Tuesday, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) also suggested that Goodling, who had been on paid leave for several weeks, was under investigation by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility.