Report: Goss Knew Of Foggo’s Shady Past

February 25, 2009 12:23 p.m.

A great nugget from Laura Rozen…

Source said that Goss lied in his testimony, that he was not aware about the problems with Foggo when he hired him for executive director. He said that a major fight had broken out between Goss staffer Patrick Murray and then associate deputy director of operations Michael Sulick about the Foggo hiring. “Murray told ADDO/Counterintelligence Mary Margaret that if Dusty’s background got out to the press, they would know who to come looking for. Mary Margaret tried to warn them that Dusty Foggo had a problematic counterintelligence file. Sulick defended Mary Margaret. Goss told deputy director of operations Steve] Kappes he had to fire Sulick.” After that, Kappes and Sulick quit. “Goss bears major responsibility here,” source says. It was finally the “White House tht demanded that Goss fire Dusty and he refused.” So they both got fired.

It’s not clear whether the fight that the source refers to occurred before or after Foggo’s actual hiring. Though the context — and the source’s claim that Goss lied in his testimony — suggest it was before.

Earlier, we posted Goss’s explanation of the circumstances under which he hired Foggo, in which Goss gives the clear impression he believed Foggo to have a clean record when he hired him.

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