It was almost 5 weeks ago when I noted that Chuck Schumer seemed to be suggesting that Monica Goodling was administering loyalty oaths for Assistant USAs.
Chuck Schumer seems to have certain suspicions about what Monica Goodling did. In particular, it seems that he may have well-grounded suspicions that she was administering loyalty oaths to Assistant USAs, a career position. I wonder if that's one of the reasons she has gotten so quiet of late.
There was more evidence to support that allegation on April 8.
I hate to keep harping on this point. But it seems pretty damn likely that Monica Goodling was right at the center of the inappropriate politicization of career DOJ employees.
You see, I think it highly likely that one of the reasons Goodling is pleading the Fifth is because she caused Paul McNulty to commit perjury. But another reason--a much bigger one, given the centrality of the politicization of DOJ hiring to the scandal surrounding the USA purge, is because she committed regular violations of the laws in place to prevent the politicization of our career employees.
And then the suggestion, on April 17, that it wasn't just Goodling administering the loyalty oaths.
All of a sudden, DOJ's IG and OPR have discovered what I, an ordinary citizen with access only to CSPAN and highly redacted documents, discovered five weeks ago.
Justice spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed Wednesday that the department's inspector general and Office of Professional Responsibility were investigating Goodling's role in hiring career attorneys — an unusual responsibility for her to take.
Goodling "may have taken prohibited considerations into account during such review," Boyd told the AP. "Whether or not the allegation is true is currently the subject of the OIG/OPR investigation."
The House Judiciary Committee has voted to give Goodling immunity for her testimony — an offer that is being reviewed by the Justice Department to make sure it does not interfere with any ongoing criminal investigations.
And these are the guys who are in charge of investigating all of the bad guys in this country, not just the ones down the hallway.
Now there are several possibilities on this. It's possible this investigation actually started when OPR started its omnibus investigation into Rove and other hyper-political abominations. It's possible it's just the AP, and not DOJ's investigative bodies, that is just catching on. Or it's possible--as many have already suggested--that this investigation may serve to impede Goodling's immunized testimony. After all, something else I learned by watching a Senate hearing is that DOJ has been playing games with their internal inevstigations in this matter already.
I'm most curious, incidentally, by the timing of this story, following as it does just two days after Murray's latest bombshell. I wonder whether, two days ago, the prospect of Goodling's immunized testimony wasn't that dangerous. But now that it's clear how central her role in this scandal really is, DOJ--and those that direct DOJ--are going to try to prevent Goodling from spilling her guts.