DOJ won't stand in the way of immunity for Goodling

The former Department of Justice employee may appear in front of a House committee before Memorial Day.

Published May 7, 2007 6:41PM (EDT)

Another hurdle to the testimony of Monica Goodling, a former senior Department of Justice official and DOJ liaison to the White House, has been cleared. The DOJ's inspector general today informed Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, that the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility and the Office of the Inspector General, which are conducting their own investigations into the circumstances surrounding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, will not oppose the Judiciary Committee's application for a grant of immunity for Goodling.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will appear in front of the same committee on Thursday; he'll have to be especially careful to mind his P's and Q's now that he knows an immune Goodling may be following not long behind.

A committee staffer tells Salon that Goodling's testimony may come as early as before Memorial Day.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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