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DOJ Official Stands by Testimony

Posted Jun 21, 2007 10:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Prepared remarks by Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty show he will defend his prior testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee without lashing out at those who said his previous statements were inaccurate.

McNulty will testify today before a House Judiciary subcommittee as part of the ongoing controversy over the firing of at least eight U.S. attorneys, the Washington Post reports.

McNulty portrayed his role in the dismissals as limited; Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, on the other hand, said McNulty was the chief person who carried them out. McNulty downplayed the White House role in the firings; former Justice Department aide Monica Goodling claimed he intentionally hid administration influence.

"When I testified in February before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I testified truthfully, providing the committee with the facts as I knew them at that time," the prepared remarks say.

“I also want to be clear that I do not believe, and have never believed, that anyone in the Department of Justice set out to mislead me so that I might provide Congress with inaccurate information about this matter."

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