Poking Congress with a sharp stick may be the sport of Presidents, but I'm not sure how it's going to work out for GOP factotums and partisan loyalty extractors:
Former top Justice Department aide Monica Goodling was chided by the House Judiciary Committee for failing to turn over documents that had been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into the firing of 8 US Attorneys. Goodling is set to testify before the Committee on Wednesday.
"I am concerned, however, about your statement that Ms. Goodling is going to refuse to produce documents in her possession that are responsive to the subpoena," Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the committee's chairman, wrote to Goodling's attorney John Dowd.
In responding to an argument made by Dowd on why Goodling did not need to turn the documents over, he added, "We are aware of no authority that permits internal Department administrative regulation to allow a former employee of the Department of Justice, or any other person, to avoid the subpoena power of the House of Representatives, as that power is central to the House's ability to carry out its Constitutional oversight mandate and certainly trumps internal agency regulations."
She may well believe this prepares her for a future as a Fox news analyst, but I hope she looks good in orange. Hopefully we'll get an explanation about the mysterious David Margolis conversation tomorrow when she appears before Conyers' committee on CSPAN3. Join us for some live blogging, should be a dilly.
Meanwhile, according to an OSC report Lurita Doan has been found guilty of violating the Hatch Act, and Susan Ralston pleads the fifth. I think this should put an end to the myth that a Democratic majority in congress would be bad for business.