U.S. Attorney Scandal: Monica Goodling Pleading The 5th? Doesn't That Imply A Crime Somewhere?

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That seems like the right thing to infer here.

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 Monday.

"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.

UPDATE: Looks like this is prompted by the fact that at least one Dept. Of Justice official lied under oath.

Monica M. Goodling -- who is on an indefinite leave of absence from Gonzales's office -- also alleges in a sworn declaration that a "senior Department of Justice official" has admitted he was "not entirely candid" in his Senate testimony and has blamed Goodling and others for not fully briefing him.

The declaration does not identify the senior official, but says the admission was made to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a member of the Senate Judiciary panel who is leading the U.S. attorneys probe. The only two Justice officials who have testified in front of that committee about the firings are Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty.

Goodling's lawyer is apparently saying they're afraid her testimony would, Scooter Libby style, conflict with earlier testimony and leaver her open to perjury.

Here is some free advice for the Republicans on perjury: stop lying so much.