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Wot's this!? An investigation? Coverage? And I was just getting so used to the post-partisan, lawless mellow!

Justice Department officials over the last six years illegally used “political or ideological” factors to hire new lawyers into an elite recruitment program, tapping law school graduates with conservative credentials over those with liberal-sounding resumes, a new report found Tuesday.

The blistering report, prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general, is the first in what will be a series of investigations growing out of last year’s scandal over the firings of nine United States attorneys. It appeared to confirm for the first time in an official examination many of the allegations from critics who charged that the Justice Department had become overly politicized during the Bush administration.

After Monica Goodling took the Fifth and admitted to such things... who knew?

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Submitted by BDBlue on

I've already read comments at Talk Left suggesting that this is no big deal because all Administrations politicize DOJ and other Departments. I suspect we're going to hear more of this, it was the defense in the U.S. Attorney's firings and will be the defense here - they all do it.

Well, I'm here to tell you that's bullshit.

Now I only know what my lying eyes and my friends' lying eyes tell me. But I've worked for the feds for more than 10 years at various levels and in various agencies, including for political appointees in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations, and I have friends that have worked for the federal government since the Nixon Administration. None of us have ever seen anything like this.

Sure, there are always some burrowers into the career ranks and I'm sure there's been political appointees who cared more than he should about the politics of career people (although this is not always unmerited since there are instances where I've seen career people work to undermine the perfectly legal policies of the Administration, which is inappropriate), but the wholesale corruption of the system is unprecedented from what I've seen and heard from other career folks. Indeed, I've spoken to political appointees from prior Administrations who are shocked by what occurred here.

So to counter the bullshit, from what I know and have either seen first hand or have heard from long-time civil servants:

Clinton did not do this. Bush's father did not do this. Reagan did not do this. Did any of them manage the career staff perfectly? No. Can you find instances of career people being punished for their differing political beliefs? I'm sure. But none of them corrupted the entire civil service system in this way. And the people hired illegally by Gonzales, et al, are going to be a bitch to get rid of. Because if you go after them, you're going to be accused of acting for "political" reasons.

Whenever the next Democrat is elected, be it now or later, they better get strong managers in at the big Departments and the most politicized agencies (e.g. EPA) or it won't matter how great the stated policy is.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Anyone who says Clinton did the same thing is especially a liar. There was a direct pipeline from Louis Freeh and a number of other DOJ employees to Congressional Republicans. If anyone had done anything like this under Clinton, we'd have had hearings on this and not the bullshit scandals we got hearings on instead. You can bet that this kind of crap would've been met with extreme displeasure by the GOP-controlled Congress. They wouldn't have taken it nearly as meekly as the Dems have. The GOP would've slashed budgets and caused the Department a great deal of pain if there had been even a hint of this under Clinton.

What can I say, back in the 20th Century, the executive branch actually worried about what Congress would do. A more innocent time.

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Submitted by willyjsimmons on

what’s the result of this “investigation” anyway (from DOJ, Executive — or Congress)?

Expect a sternly worded letter.

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Submitted by lambert on

The Democratic leadership can write a strongly worded letter.

And then the Obama administration can do exactly the same thing just with different faces. As Frank Zappa didn't sing, "I might be moving to Chicago, soon"....

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.