McNulty hits back at Goodling

He says her characterization of his testimony is not supported by the records already provided to Congress.

Published May 23, 2007 8:57PM (EDT)

As of this morning, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty stands accused of "incomplete or inaccurate" testimony before Congress by Monica Goodling, one of the Department of Justice staffers who prepared him for the testimony.

As of this afternoon, McNulty, who has already announced his resignation, put out a statement defending himself. "I testified truthfully at the Feb. 6, 2007, hearing based on what I knew at that time," the McNulty statement reads. "Ms. Goodling's characterization of my testimony is wrong and not supported by the extensive record of documents and testimony already provided to Congress."

This is of course, a nondenial denial of sorts. He does not address the merits of Goodling's charge. For the record, this is what she said, "I believe the deputy was not fully candid about his knowledge of White House involvement in the replacement decision, failed to disclose that he had some knowledge of the White House's interest in selecting Tim Griffin as the interim U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Arkansas, inaccurately described the department's internal assessment of the Parsky commission, and failed to disclose that he had some knowledge of allegations that Tim Griffin had been involved in vote-caging during his work on the president's 2004 campaign."

By Michael Scherer

Michael Scherer is Salon's Washington correspondent. Read his other articles here.

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