Goodling's Communications

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Tell Brad he can hire one more good American."

-- A Dec. 22, 2006, e-mail from Monica Goodling to political appointee John Nowacki. Nowacki said he understood the phrase "good American" to refer to someone with Republican credentials.

"Am attaching a resume for a young, conservative female lawyer. Perhaps she is someone you might consider for one of your attorney-advisor slots ."

-- Goodling in a Dec. 5, 2006, note to the Office of Legal Counsel, forwarding the résumé of a candidate employed by the Federalist Society. Attorney-adviser positions in OLC are career, not political, jobs.

"Due to the importance of these positions and the fact that detailees were sometimes considered for promotions into political positions, I generally conducted internet research and reference checks on these candidates, and I may have asked the wrong questions at times. In some cases, I learned and considered political information."

-- A statement submitted by Goodling in connection with her congressional testimony on May 23, 2007, in which she discussed her role in selecting career attorney detailees for Justice offices.

"[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!"

-- A type of Internet search string recommended to Goodling by her predecessor.

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