At NBC, Pete Williams claimed an Exclusive for his sit-down with embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Williams asked Gonzales why he asserted that he had not participated in any deliberations about the firing even though he attended meetings at which decisions were made. Gonzales explained the distinction between "deliberations" and "recommendations to me." "I now know that people parse carefully the words that I use." Gonzales added that the White House played no role in "either adding names or taking off names" of prosecutors to be fired. He assured Williams that at the end of the day his credibility and integrity would be intact.
Meanwhile Monica Goodling, the Justice Department's liaison with the White House, has decided to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights when she testifies on Capitol Hill. ABC's Pierre Thomas called such testimony from a DoJ official "extremely rare, if not unheard of." From the White House, CBS' Jim Axelrod reported that one of Goodling's unnamed superiors, a "senior official," had already confessed to not being "entirely candid" to the Senate Judiciary Committee and he had blamed Goodling for his own error.
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