Cheney had Scooter fall on his sword like a loyal gladiator and Attorney General Gonzales has crucified his closest aide on the very appropriate memorial day to the betrayal of Jesus. Gonzales' top aide abruptly quit on Friday, April 6, 2007, almost two weeks after telling Congress she would not testify about her role in the firings of federal prosecutors.
Monica M. Goodling, Gonzo's Gal Friday, the Justice Department's liaison to the White House, gave no reason for her resignation. Since she was at the center of the firings, Goodling's refusal to testify has intensified questions about whether the U. S. attorney dismissals were proper and heightened the furor that threatens Gonzales' own job.
Goodling's resignation came less than two weeks before Gonzales' own planned testimony to the Senate, which may determine his fate as attorney general. Several Republican lawmakers have joined Democrats in calling for his resignation or dismissal over the firings and other blunders at the Justice Department.
Gonzales' chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, resigned under fire March 12 for orchestrating the firings. Additionally, Mike Battle, the former director of the department's executive office of U. S. attorneys, announced several weeks ago that he was leaving to join a private law firm. Battle's resignation has not been linked directly to the controversy, although he helped notify some of the U. S. attorneys that they would be asked to leave.
"While Monica Goodling had no choice but to resign, this is the third Justice Department official involved in the U. S attorney firings who has stepped down, " said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who was among the first senators to question the firings and the first to call for Gonzales' resignation.