Attorney General Gonzales' aide says she'll plead the Fifth
John Byrne
Published: Saturday March 31, 2007
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A senior Justice Department aide sent a letter late Friday to Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) through her attorney stating that she intends to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights if called to testify in the ongoing investigation into the firing of numerous US Attorneys by the Justice Department, RAW STORY has learned.

Goodling previously said she would not testify before a US Senate Committee.

The following statement was issued on background by a House Judiciary aide.

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"Today, House Judiciary investigators interviewed Michael Elston, Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty. Per our agreement with the Justice Department, we will not release the details or contents of the interview. Mr. Elston was accompanied by two Department attorneys and his private counsel, Robert Driscoll of Alston and Bird LLP.

"The Department has agreed to make available six other employees for interviews: Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis, Michael Battle, former Director of the Office of U.S. Attorneys, Monica Goodling, Special Counsel to the Attorney General and White House Liaison, William Mercer, U.S. Attorney for Montana and Acting Associate Attorney General, and William Moschella, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. Those interviews have not been scheduled yet.

"Monica Goodling today sent a letter to Chairman Conyers, through her attorney, stating that she intends to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights if called. The Committee will seek to pursue interviews with Ms. Goodling and will negotiate terms with her attorneys and the Justice Department, as her employer."

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that Ms. Gooding was formerly the Director of the Office of US Attorneys. She is a current aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.