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Goodling not complying with documents subpoena without DOJ approval

[JURIST] Former Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] told the House Judiciary Committee [official website] in a letter Tuesday that she will not give up documents sought by the committee in compliance with a subpoena for e-mails and other papers relating to the firings of eight US attorneys [JURIST news archive]. Goodling's lawyer said that she will not turn over the documents without approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. Goodling is scheduled to testify before the committee [hearing materials] on Wednesday.

A federal judge approved a grant of immunity [JURIST report] for Goodling earlier this month, clearing the way for her to testify before Congress on the matter. Goodling resigned [JURIST report] from her position as White House liaison at the DOJ in April and the DOJ has since opened an investigation [JURIST report] into whether she considered the political affiliations of candidates for career prosecutor positions in the DOJ, contrary to federal law and longstanding departmental practice. Bloomberg has more.

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