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Ironies keep on coming: Gonzales aide invokes her constitutional right

How ironic.

Monica Goodling, who is U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ liaison with the White House, has invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and will not testify at upcoming Senate hearings into the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

Ms. Goodling’s attorney, John Dowd, said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy that the panel has laid a perjury trap for his client.

“The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real,” Mr. Dowd said.

In other words, Ms. Goodling believes that either she has done something illegal or testifying will force her to lie under oath.

The irony lies in the fact that Mr. Gonzales, during his tenure as attorney general, has systematically eroded American citizens’ constitutional rights. Ms. Goodling is fortunate that her boss has not yet revoked the Fifth Amendment in the interest of national security.

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