In the latest salvo in the U.S. attorney firing mess, former Justice Department official Monica Goodling, appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, today attacked outgoing Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, says Washingtonpost.com. Goodling accused McNulty of not being “fully candid” to the Senate Judiciary Committee and then inappropriately blaming her for not fully briefing him. McNulty testified that U.S. attorneys were fired for “performance reasons,” infuriating the prosecutors and leading to their testimony trying to refute those reasons.
McNulty has blamed Goodling and other top aides to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for not fully briefing him before he testified. Goodling says McNulty knew that White House staffers were involved in appointing Tim Griffin, a former deputy to senior adviser Karl Rove, to be U.S. attorney in Little Rock. Goodling is standing by the White House, saying she has no knowledge of any involvement by Rove or former White House Counsel Harriet Miers. “I never had a conversation with Karl Rove or Harriet Miers while I served at the department. I am certain that I never spoke to either of them about the hiring or firing of any U.S. attorney,” she said.