Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Fifth Amendment? You must be kidding.

Dan Froomkin is exactly right about this Monica character, who's invoking her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and refusing to testify before Congress:

For one, it's not at all clear what she's trying to say. Undeniably, if she chose to lie to the panel, she could face perjury charges. Her recourse, therefore, would appear to be to tell the truth. So is she saying that if she told the truth, she would have to admit a crime? What crime? Or is she saying something else: That she'd have to admit someone else's criminal behavior? Well, that's not something you can take the Fifth to avoid. Sorry. Or is she just afraid of being grilled by an antagonistic bunch of congressmen? Well, that's not something you can take the Fifth to avoid either.

Exactly. As my future wife Dahlia Lithwick pointed out today, if you can invoke the Fifth any time you have to take the stand because you're afraid that sometime down the road you might get charged with either purjury or obstruction of justice, then people could refuse to testify any time they wanted.

This is so vintage Bush. Invoke the constitution when it suits your needs, but do it wrong.

The sad part is most of the country is too apathetic and stupid to care.

UPDATE: The best part is she's a frickin' Christian. She did her undergrad at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., an institution that describes itself as "committed to embracing an evangelical spirit." And then her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Regent, founded by Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, which says its mission is "to produce Christian leaders who will make a difference, who will change the world."

First off, I'm not going to say much about the fact that it's depressing that someone with a law degree that's not on the radar of any firm or real government agency can get a senior job in the White House.

But more importantly: She's invoking the 5th, which (in this case) carries a certain implication of criminal conduct.

Which blows the whole "Christians are more moral" than everyone else claim that Republicans always make out of the water.

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