Monday, March 26, 2007

We saw this coming

The legacy of the Southern District of NY and Patrick Fitzgerald:

WASHINGTON — Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said today.

"The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real," said the lawyer, John Dowd.

....The potential for taking the blame for the department's bungled response "is very real," Dowd said. "One need look no further than the recent circumstances and proceedings involving Lewis Libby," he said, a reference to the recent conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff in the CIA leak case.

We're sure Martha Stewart would agree: Just say nothing. Don't cooperate with investigators, because you might be charged with a crime for so doing.

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