ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Jason Ryan and Theresa Cook Report: The Justice Department has confirmed that its internal investigation into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year is looking into a meeting between Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former DOJ White House liaison Monica Goodling, which she told Congress made her "uncomfortable.”
Goodling, who appeared under a grant of immunity before the House Judiciary Committee last month, said in her testimony that the attorney general wanted to discuss his role in the controversial firing of the federal prosecutors.
"He then proceeded to say, let me tell you what I can remember, he laid out his general recollection. He laid out a little bit of it, asked if I had any reaction… I didn’t think it was appropriate at that point," Goodling testified before the committee on May 23.
Goodling’s account of the conversation appeared to contradict Gonzales’s April 19 testimony in which he told Congress, "I haven’t talked to witnesses because of the fact that I haven’t wanted to interfere with this investigation and department investigations."
Inspector General Glenn Fine confirmed the decision to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Ranking Member Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., in a letter dated June 13.
The internal Justice Department probe was expanded after Goodling testified that she may have broken the law by using political considerations to hire career officials.