Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Gimme the fifth

By Michael J.W. Stickings

It was only a matter of time:

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's senior counselor yesterday refused to testify in the Senate about her involvement in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Monica M. Goodling, who has taken an indefinite leave of absence, said in a sworn affidavit to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she will "decline to answer any and all questions" about the firings because she faces "a perilous environment in which to testify."

Definition -- "a perilous environment": any environment in which one is required to tell the truth.

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