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Justice department official refuses to testify before Senate committee
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Justice Department official will refuse to answer questions during a Senate committee hearing on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself, her lawyer said Monday.

The attorney for Monica Goodling, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' senior counsel and White House liaison, said in a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, that Goodling would not testify because some committee members have already concluded that wrongdoing had occurred.(Read attorney's statement[PDF])

"The public record is clear that certain members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have already reached conclusions about the matter under investigation and the veracity of the testimony provided by the Justice Department to date," said John Dowd, Goodling's lawyer.(Related video: Donna Brazile and Terry Jeffrey discuss Goodling's move in the latest Strategy Session>

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