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Goodling: One more down.

It wouldn't be Friday without an embarrassment to the Bush administration resigning...let's hope Gonzo is next.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Justice Department official Monica Goodling resigned her position as counselor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Friday afternoon.

Goodling had invoked the Fifth Amendment, which protects witnesses from self-incrimination, in refusing to testify before Congress regarding the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

Goodling was among the senior Justice Department officials who participated in meetings and e-mail traffic about the planned dismissals. She went on paid leave as the controversy grew. (Interactive: Key events in the U.S. attorneys firings)

In a brief letter to Gonzales, Goodling gave no reason for her resignation but said it would be effective Saturday.

"I am hereby submitting my resignation to the Office of the Attorney General, effective April 7, 2007. It has been an honor to have served at the Department of Justice for the past five years," Goodling wrote. (Watch why Goodling took the Fifth Video)

"May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America," she wrote in the letter.

The resignation came abruptly, just as the Justice Department was closing for the Easter weekend.

There was no warning. Officials had said hours earlier that Goodling remained on paid leave of absence from the department.

The Justice Department said it would have no comment on Goodling's decision to resign.

Senate Democrats, who have sharply criticized Gonzales in the wake of the controversy over the firings, were quick to weigh in on Goodling's resignation. "Attorney General Gonzales' hold on the department gets more tenuous each day," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York.

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They are dropping like fly's ! .
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It is starting to be obvious that this was a conspiracy to put US Attorneys into swing states in order to pursue trumped up investigations of Democrats. Hope they enjoy a little bit of being investigated themselves.

Interesting tidbit of information I picked up reading about all of this - it seems that intentionally misleading or lying to Congress during any oversight investigation is a felony. If you work for the Executive Branch and you are called before Congress to testify about why and what you are doing, the penalties for providing misleading information go way beyond normal perjury. No wonder this little "Christian" took the fifth. While Bush is free to hire and fire USA's, he or his people are required by law to testify to Congress truthfully as to why they did it.

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