A former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales admitted to “crossing the line” in vetting the political loyalties of candidates for positions as career federal prosecutors in testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Monica Goodling, who served as senior counsel and White House liaison to Gonzales until last month, also testified that Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, the department’s No. 2 official, had provided Congress with inaccurate and misleading information on a number of points during his own testimony before the Senate in February. McNulty resigned his position last week, citing personal financial concerns.

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