I have contended that the investigation is necessary if these firing were made to slow or stop investigations into wrongdoing by officeholders, and a large number of those who were fired were connected with that kind of information.
In nearly every instance, prosecutors were improperly called by elected officials trying to determine the outcome of investigations. And though former U. S. Attorney Bud Cummins has waffled somewhat in his comments on whether his firing was connected to an investigation of the awarding of lucrative license fee offices by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's administration, there is absolutely no doubt Cummins was improperly contacted by a lawyer representing the governor's interests.
Now those who say there is nothing criminal about what has taken place have received another blow to their stance: a top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales took the Fifth Amendment Monday rather than testify before a Senate committee:
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."
Forget the "perilous environment" nonsense. When you invoke the Fifth Amendment, you are exercising a constitutional right, but if you are being paid by the American taxpayers and you are unwilling to tell the truth, it certainly indicates you have something to hide.