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Posted by on Jul 28, 2008 in Politics | 8 comments

IG Report: Bush DOJ engaged in illegal hiring practices

Andy Zajac, The Swamp:

Monica Goodling and D. Kyle Sampson, key aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, violated federal law and departmental policy by considering political affiliation and other improper factors in Justice Department hiring decisions, according to another devastating report from DOJ’s Inspector General and the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, issued this morning.

The report can be accessed here.

Here’s a summary of findings: Goodling.doc

Here’s the NYTimes story. Here the WaPo. TPMMucracker is picking through the report here. Their choice quote from the WaPo:

Goodling regularly asked candidates for career jobs, “What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?”

More like it here.

Steve Benen reminds us:

The Justice Department’s inspector general is releasing the results of a lengthy investigation in four parts, and this is the second. The first was released about a month ago, and documented six years of illegal hiring practices relating to the Justice Department recruiting new attorneys (those with “liberal-sounding resumes” for barred from employment). Today’s report documents the allegedly illegal conduct from Goodling and Sampson (among others). Still to come are reports on hiring problems in the civil rights division and the dubious purge of nine U.S. attorneys.

Think Progress has video of current Attorney General Michael Mukasey refusing to say whether Gonzales politicized the Department of Justice during a Senate hearing earlier this month and quotes House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers on the new report:

“I have directed my staff to closely review this matter and to consider whether a criminal referral for perjury is needed.”

After some crowing (w/links!) Kagro X at Daily Kos suggests we check out The Gavel, “where other Capitol Hill staffers have pulled out all the best parts for you.”

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  • Holly_in_Cincinnati

    AMERICAblog: DOJ IG report concludes that Monica Goodling discriminated against asst. US attorney because she was gay

    http://www.americablog.com/2008/07/doj-ig-report-concludes-that-monical.html

  • jwest

    The hypocrisy of democrats decrying an administration hiring people of their own party is mindboggling.

    Patronage was the founding principle of the democrat party. The well-deserved stereotype of the uncaring, dimwitted bureaucrat was born of the appointment of sons-in-law of precinct captains and campaign workers of democrats.

    If we want to set the rules in stone now, let it be so. Jail time for anyone caught hiring someone for a public position due to their political views. We will see an explosion in prison construction in the next four years.

  • AustinRoth

    jwest –

    Wow. Even I, a fairly consistent defender of Republicans in general and the Bush administration in particular against what I perceive to be over-the-top attacks cannot begin to fathom what point you really want to make.

    Because patronage has occurred in the past, all laws passed to prevent it don’t count until some arbitrary point in time when everyone can agree that all parties had an equal bite of the apple?

    That illegal conduct is OK if our side does it? That if you don’t let us get away with said illegal conduct, the second we can we will conduct witch hunts?

    That patronage and incompetent bureaucracy are uniquely American inventions, and by the Democrats in particular?

    And finally, that the DOJ Inspector General is a Democratic Party operative?

  • jwest

    AR,

    I’m not saying it’s right, just hypocritical of the democrats for bringing the subject up.

  • The hypocrisy of democrats decrying an administration hiring people of their own party is mindboggling.

    We’re not talking about the White House communications staff here. Previously the DOJ did not hire lawyers along party lines and that’s because the DOJ is supposed to represent the people, not the White House.

    Patronage was the founding principle of the democrat party. The well-deserved stereotype of the uncaring, dimwitted bureaucrat was born of the appointment of sons-in-law of precinct captains and campaign workers of democrats.

    The Democratic party used to be against central banks, they used to be for slavery, they used to be a lot of things they aren’t today. Ancient party politics don’t bind current Democratic or Republican politicians.

    If we want to set the rules in stone now, let it be so. Jail time for anyone caught hiring someone for a public position due to their political views. We will see an explosion in prison construction in the next four years.

    We have those rules, called laws.

  • DLS

    This atop the latest deficit numbers … we’re already numb to thousands killed in Iraq; I see more and more bleak results for the GOP this November.

  • kritt11

    jwest-

    What Democratic administration violated the Hatch Act to fill the ranks of the bureaucracy with unqualified partisans? This was a blatant attempt to fulfill Rove’s dream of permanent Republican rule. What makes it particularly heinous was that many voted for Bush because he promised to be a “uniter”, but was anything but.

    We now have big RNC donors who oppose abortion and gay rights in career positions in the DOJ. That sets a very dangerous precedent for those who follow Bush. For how long can citizens expect fairness in their justice system???

    In Maryland, tax dollars were used by the Dept of Homeland Sec to infiltrate groups that opposed the death penalty and the war—even after it was found that they presented no threat to national security.

  • kritt11

    May I add to what Chris said- that the Republican Party used to be the party of Lincoln and the trust-busting, progressive Teddy Roosevelt. Enough said.

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