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It's official Bush Justice Dept. repeatedly BROKE THE LAW!

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by top gun, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. top gun

    top gun New Member

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    Justice Department: Bushies’ hiring practices broke the law

    Remember Monica Goodling, Kyle Sampson, and the team of Bushies who blatantly politicized the employment practices at the Justice Department? Including the selection of judges? In case there were any lingering doubts, the Bush gang’s conduct was apparently literally criminal.

    Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors, according to an inspector general’s report released today.

    Goodling passed over hundreds of qualified applicants and squashed the promotions of others after deeming candidates insufficiently loyal to the Republican party, said investigators, who interviewed 85 people and received information from 300 other job seekers at Justice. Sampson developed a system to screen immigration judge candidates based on improper political considerations and routinely took recommendations from the White House Office of Political Affairs and Presidential Personnel, the report said.

    Goodling regularly asked candidates for career jobs, “What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?” the report said. One former Justice Department official told investigators she had complained that Goodling was asking interviewees for their views on abortion, according to the report.

    If this sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. 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” were 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.

    That said, today’s report, which is online (.pdf), is a doozy. The Bush gang wasn’t just involved in blatantly criminal acts, their conduct had consequences for the nation.


    The improper personnel moves deprived worthy candidates of promotions and damaged the credibility of the Justice Department, investigators wrote. An experienced counterterrorism prosecutor, for example, was kept from advancing in favor of a more junior lawyer who lacked a background in terrorism.

    The procedures imposed on immigration judge candidates caused serious delays in appointing judges at a time when the courts suffered under a heavy workload, the report said.

    In the case of the counter-terrorism official, the highly-qualified applicant was rejected “because of his wife’s political affiliations.” This, of course, a) is insane; and b) necessarily undermined our national security interests.

    What happens next? Many of those caught up in this scandal have already resigned in disgrace, but that hardly absolves them. Some will almost certainly be stripped of their law licenses, and some may yet face criminal prosecution.

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. and Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sanchez had the following response to today’s Department of Justice Inspector General/Office of Personal Responsibility Report on “An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in the Office of the Attorney General.”

    “Today’s report describes ’systematic’ violations of federal law by several former leaders of the Department of Justice,” said Conyers. “Apparently, the political screening was so pervasive that even qualified Republican applicants were rejected from Department positions because they were ‘not Republican enough’ for Monica Goodling and others. The report also makes clear that the cost to our nation of these apparent crimes was severe, as qualified individuals were rejected for key positions in the fight against terrorism and other critical Department jobs for no reason other than political whim. The Report also indicates that Monica Goodling, Kyle Sampson, and Alberto Gonzales may have lied to the Congress about these matters. I have directed my staff to closely review this matter and to consider whether a criminal referral for perjury is needed.”

    “The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the politicization of the Department of Justice has been criticized by the Minority as a fishing expedition that has caught no fish,” said Sanchez. “This report, which found that Monica Goodling and many other Justice Department officials committed misconduct by violating both federal law and Department policy, adds to a growing public record that this Administration has tainted our system of justice.”

    It’s tough competition, I know, but the politicization of the Justice Department has to rank right there on the list of the Bush administration’s most disgraceful scandals. Top three, easy.
     
  2. foggedinn

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    Except for the president himself, the position of Attorney's General (top job at the Justice Dept) is the single most politicized position in the country. This isn't unique to the W's whitehouse. The only thing that suprises me about what happened is the naivite of the people who think this is unusual.

    The vast majority of statutes on the books are only there because of majority opinion at the time they were enacted. Democrats pass statutes that republican justice dept.'s won't enforce, and republicans pass statues that democrats won't enforce.

    Why they even bother to call most of these statues law,I find personally disgusting, since all they really are is the political will of a transient majority.
     
  3. Dr.Who

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    I guess it's a good thing that none of these guys from the justice department are running for office as President of the US. They would never get elected.

    So who is running again? Yesterday the paper said that it was "the messiah and that other guy." So far messiah is ahead in the polls against other guy.
     
  4. top gun

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    Well you are right that often a President will change out the Justice Dept. when he takes over.

    The things that happened here were everything from Civil Service violations to just plain putting green inexperienced people in charge of investigations some involving terrorists.

    Just another death nail in the Republican brand...
     
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    It would be nice if Democrat voters held Democrat politicians to account like Republican voters do with the Republicans.... Double standards are bad for America, hold both parties to the same standard or stop complaining.
     
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    A few functionaries may have violated policy - don't get your panties in a knot. :D
     
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