Bush DoJ Official Finds Part of the Constitution Worth Keeping - the Fifth Amendment

Brian Zick

After the Bush administration having claimed that the Vice Presidency is a fourth branch of government, after having disposed of habeas corpus, after having trashed several Amendments, and after having claimed that Congress does not really have all the powers explicitly granted to it, now all of a sudden one senior Bush administration official has found a part of the Constitution she really really likes and wants to preserve. Laurie Kellman for AP reports: Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday. "The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real," said the lawyer, John Dowd.

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