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Political Favoritism at Justice

POSTED: 11:56 AM ET, 06/24/2008 by The Editors

Another example of how politicized the Bush Administration's Justice Department became under former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales: Internal auditors issued a report today saying that the agency's officials improperly used political and ideological factors to screen applicants for its prestigious honors and summer intern programs, sometimes rejecting otherwise qualified candidates because of their ties to Democrats.

The report is only the latest allegation of favoritism to plague Justice. Last summer, Gonzales resigned after a stormy tenure that centered on the dispute over whether the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys were politically motivated. Gonzales also at first denied, then confirmed, that officials of his department attended political briefings by White House officials, a practice forbidden by internal guidelines.

Michael B. Mukasey, the no-nonsense New York judge who replaced Gonzales as Attorney General, said today that the department had "overhauled" its hiring process for the honors and summer intern programs last year. He said he would direct staff members to follow other recommendations issued by the Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility today.

"I have also made clear, and will continue to make clear, that the consideration of political affiliations in the hiring of career Department employees is impermissible and unacceptable," Mukasey says.

By The Editors |  June 24, 2008; 11:56 AM ET
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Great! So a government investigation has proven that Bush's buddies broke the law. AGAIN. FOR THE THOUSANDTH TIME. Where are the indictments? Where are the criminal proceedings? Where is the testimony under oath?

Who cares if it was illegal to hire only Republican ideologues at Justice, if all those patsies get to keep the jobs they were illegally given, and nobody is ever indicted for breaking the law?

This is not "old news!" If Alberto Gonzales broke the law, then Alberto Gonzales should be put on trial. Just quitting his job (and retiring into a life of extreme wealth and paybacks) is not enough!

Put someone on trial, or stop telling me about how the Bush Administration broke the law. These laws seem to exist for no reason. Bush and his pals break them at will, and nobody ever enforces them.

America is a nation without laws. It will remain so until Bush and his incompetents are tried and convicted for their lawbreaking. Impeachment is the only constitutional remedy for what Bush has done, and anyone who speaks or votes against it is unworthy to hold public office.

Posted by: PostObserver | June 24, 2008 2:17 PM

Laying the blame for this on Gonzales is foolish. This was Karl Rove's doing, meaning that the blame lies with George Bush.

Posted by: DFC102 | June 24, 2008 2:49 PM

This is only one example of the depth of damage the Bush administration has caused.

Think of the moral at Justice. How are you going to get the best and most talented attorneys in the future. We run the risk of subpar representation on behalf of the United States in cases across the board, and we will pay for that for the long term.

What isn't mentioned in this article is that the Honors Program was began by Eisenhower and it was never politicized until this administration. It is shameful.

I am actually a Bush defender in many areas, but actions like this hurt the fabric of the country we care so much about.

Posted by: GoHuskies08 | June 24, 2008 3:04 PM

Laying the blame on Gonzales is REALLY off the mark, Post! WHO DO YOU THINK MICHAEL ELSTON, SINGLED OUT FOR PARTICULAR CRITICISM BY THE IG IN THIS REPORT WORKED FOR, HUH? IT WAS PAUL MCNULTY, ELSTON WAS HIS CHIEF OF STAFF! AND WHERE DID ELSTON COME FROM, WHY, THE THUG SYNDICATE ACROSS THE RIVER, MCNULTY'S OLD STOMPING GROUNDS, THE US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EDVA-WHERE ALL THE THUGS AT MAIN JUSTICE COME FROM, THAT'S WHERE!

YOU MIGHT GO THROUGH YOUR FILES AND SEE ALL THE PROBLEMS WITH MCNULTY'S HIRES, POST, FOR STARTERS! REMEMBER WHO REPLACED ELSTON AS SENIOR COUNSEL TO MCNULTY? THE YOUNGEST US ATTORNEY OUT IN MINNESOTA WHO WAS REPLACED FOR MISCONDUCT? RACHEL PAULOSE, MCNULTY HIRE!

KENNETH MELSON, ANOTHER MCNULTY THUG OUT OF THE US ATTY'S OFFICE EDVA, GOT PROMOTED BY MCNULTY TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR US ATTORNEYS-HE HAS BEEN CITED IN AN OPR INVESTIGATION FOR PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT.

THE POST APPARENTLY DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT THE DEPUTY AG OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RUNS THE DEPARTMENT, DO YOU POST? THE POSITION IS THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND YOU HAD MCNULTY, A GRADUATE OF SOME TWO-BIT CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN PA. WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT LITIGATION, NEVER HAD BEEN A PROSECUTOR, COMING IN FROM THE US ATTORNEYS OFFICE TO BE THE DAG.


AND THEN THERE IS THE QUESTION OF MCNULTY'S TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS, WHERE IT IS ADMITTED THAT HE LIED, AND YET, NOTHING HAPPENED TO MCNULTY, AS HE BLAMED A SUBORDINATE, MONICA GOODLING, FOR EVERYTHING INVOLVING THE US ATTORNEY FIRINGS! REMEMBER WHEN SHE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WHAT WAS ON THE FRONT OF HER TESTIMONY COVER? "DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL MCNULTY WAS NOT FULLY CANDID"---UH, YEAH-A POLITE WAY OF SAYING THAT HE LIED!

HOW IS THAT? HOW IS IT THAT A DEPUTY AG OF THE JUSTICE DEPT. CAN BLAME SOMEONE ELSE FOR HIS JOB RESPONSIBILITIES, HUH? IS IT BECAUSE MCNULTY CAME FROM THE HILL, SO HE WAS ALL COZY WITH SCHUMER AND LEAHY AND THE REST OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THAT HE GOT OFF SO SCOT FREE? WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? YOU NEVER WENT THERE, DID YOU POST?

Posted by: Paul McNulty is a Piece of Dreck | June 24, 2008 3:05 PM

Do you really think Gonzales thought that all up himself? How many times does this sort of thing have to be exposed before somebody actually, yknow, *does* something about it?

Posted by: CallMeSkeptical | June 24, 2008 3:17 PM

In response to questions during the hearing, Goodling stated that she "crossed the line" and broke civil service rules about hiring, and improperly weighed political factors in considering applicants for career positions at the Department of Justice
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and no consequences to anyone.

How does this happen?

Posted by: pv | June 24, 2008 3:21 PM

What about the DOJ Standard Operating Procedures that were changed so suddenly during the Gonzalez hearings - why is no-one asking about that? B. Feinstein holds up the book and says, look, all the guidelines regarding investigations, prosecutions close to election time have been eliminated!

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE REPORT ON THE STATUS OF THOSE DOJ GUIDELINES? Have they been restored????

Posted by: trace | June 24, 2008 3:46 PM

Goodling did, apparently break civil service rules-BUT SHE WAS GIVEN AT LEAST USE IMMUNITY (MAYBE TRANSACTIONAL-WHICH IS EVEN BROADER IMMUNITY) FROM PROSECUTION BY CONGRESS IN EXCHANGE FOR HER TESTIMONY, SO THAT SHE COULD MAKE THOSE STATEMENTS, AND NOT BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED-BUT REMEMBER-THE COVER OF HER TESTIMONY STATED THAT THE DEPUTY AG OF THE UNITED STATES LIED IN HIS TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS-AND CONGRESS DIDN'T DO ONE DAMN THING ABOUT MCNULTY-BECAUSE HE CAME FROM THE HILL CULTURE, YOU SEE.

ALL OF THE DOJ HIRING GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN OVERHAULED, TRACE, READ THE PAPER! IT CLEARLY STATES THAT AG MUKASEY HAS OVERHAULED ALL HIRING POLICIES AT DOJ SINCE THIS FIASCO WAS DISCOVERED!

BUT THERE IS STILL NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MCNULTY, AND ELSTON, WHO GOT THEMSELVES OUT TO CUSHY DC LAW FIRMS-THAT'S THE WAY THE WASHINGTON GAME IS PLAYED FOLKS! THE MALES IN POWER INSIDE THE BELTWAY GET HIRED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR UNETHICAL AND POSSIBLY, CRIMINAL ACTIONS WERE WHILE IN PUBLIC-THOSE WHO ABUSED THE PUBLIC TRUST AT DOJ, WHO COMMIT MISCONDUCT GET OFF SCOT FREE-THEY MAY BE CITED IN REPORTS, BUT THEY ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

Posted by: Paul McNulty is a Piece of Dreck | June 24, 2008 3:54 PM

We're already seeing the results of corrupt justice. I'm talking about the "judge" who said basically "I don't want to make a decision that will sway the balance of power". What the f*ck is that supposed to mean? What the he!! is the job of a judge? A case was brought before him, and he essentially caved to the shrub "administration's" position that it is a case without merit. No looking at the evidence, no applying the law, he simply said he didn't want to sway the balance of power. What a crock pot of bullsh*t baloney. Get a real judge on this immediately!!!


And now, we see that Mukasey said we've overhauled the process. Big deal. Where is the punishment? What in the he!! has happened to my country???

Posted by: spawn | June 24, 2008 4:08 PM

This is what the report said about MICHAEL ELSTON, McNulty's PERSONAL COUNSELOR AND CHIEF OF STAFF, and the other named DOJ individual, McDonald-the words are quite harsh:

"We also concluded that Elston
committed misconduct, and violated federal law and Department policy,
when he deselected candidates and denied appeals based on his
perception of the political or ideological affiliations of the candidates." and yet there recommendations regarding Elston are limited to this "We concluded that, as a result of the actions of McDonald and
Elston, many qualified candidates were deselected by the Screening
Committee because of their perceived political or ideological affiliations.
We believe that McDonald's and Elston's conduct constituted
misconduct and also violated the Department's policies and civil service
law that prohibit discrimination in hiring based on political or
ideological affiliations.
However, because both McDonald and Elston have resigned from
the Department, they are no longer subject to discipline by the
Department for their actions. Nevertheless, we recommend that the
Department consider the findings in this report should either McDonald
or Elston apply in the future for another position with the Department."


ELSTON IS WORKING FOR AN "UNDISCLOSED" LAW FIRM IN DC. I THINK THE DC AND VA BAR MIGHT BE LOOKING AT THESE FINDINGS CAREFULLY. NO ACCOUNTABILITY OTHERWISE.

NOW, I ASK YOU, DOES ANYONE SERIOUSLY THINK THAT MICHAEL ELSTON WAS WORKING ON HIS OWN, AND NOT ON HIS BOSS' PAUL MCNULTY'S BEHALF? YOU'D HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO THINK ELSTON WAS OUT THERE ON HIS OWN-DOJ DID NOT WANT TO GO THERE-BECAUSE MCNULTY WAS THE DEPUTY AG-TOO POWERFUL TO CRITICIZE!

Posted by: Paul McNulty Is a Piece of Dreck | June 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Laying the blame for this on Gonzales is foolish. This was Karl Rove's doing, meaning that the blame lies with George Bush.

Posted by: DFC102 | June 24, 2008 2:49 PM
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Exactly...they ran the whole government this way. It's not like the problem was endemic to Justice.

Posted by: Just sayin' | June 24, 2008 4:21 PM

Hey WaPo investigators!!! What is Mukasey going to do for those of us recent grads and former Democratic congressional staffers who were passed over in the hiring? Will we get another chance to apply?

Posted by: Passed Over? | June 24, 2008 4:24 PM

Hire those rejected top-of-the-class lawyers to be special prosecutors for the DOJ leadership including Ashcroft and Gonzales. Anyone remaining at DOJ is suspect of being another corrupt incompetent GOP operative, inlcuding Mukasey, and they can't be trusted to uphold justice. The fact that Mukasey did not order a criminal investigation based on this report indicates that he still plays for the old team.

Posted by: Rodney Lamprey, jr. | June 24, 2008 4:26 PM

KARL ROVE HAD NOT ONE A DAMN THING TO DO WITH THIS, NOT ONE DAMN THING-ALTHOUGH HARRIET MIERS MIGHT WELL HAVE BEEN CONSULTED-SHE WAS WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, THEREFORE, SHE IS THE LIAISON TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BIGWIGS-SO AS A RESULT, SHE NEEDS TO STEP FORWARD AND TELL WHAT SHE KNOWS ABOUT THIS-BUT THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL CONDUCT LIES SQUARELY AT THE TOP LEVELS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE-PAUL MCNULTY-ELSTON'S BOSS!

Posted by: Paul McNulty Is a Piece of Dreck | June 24, 2008 4:27 PM

This should not be left go without criminal charges.

Posted by: Jim M | June 24, 2008 4:40 PM

For the record, the undisclosed law firm for which Elston now works is McGuireWoods. Actually, he is a partner and specializes in, among other areas, "government investigations". Can you say "irony"?

Posted by: Claude Balls | June 24, 2008 4:48 PM

HOLY JESUS, CLAUDE! MCGUIRE WOODS HAS MICHAEL ELSTON AS A PARTNER? IRONY INDEED! THAT'S FREAKING UNBELIEVEABLE! -WELL, MCGUIRE IS A VIRGINIA LAW FIRM, AND SO THEY LIKE TO PROTECT THE UNETHICAL DRECK IN THEIR STATE, NOW DON'T THEY? HA HA HA! GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS INDEED! THAT'S A GOOD ONE!

VA BAR, ARE YOU LISTENING?

Posted by: Paul McNulty IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 5:00 PM

Hey Post, don't you remember this piece about ELSTON, MCNULTY, THE US ATTORNEY FIRINGS AND THE OXY-CONTIN CASE?

"The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker, urged him to slow down, the prosecutor told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday." ... "John L. Brownlee, the U.S. attorney in Roanoke [Virginia], testified that he was at home the evening of Oct. 24 when he received the call on his cellphone from Michael J. Elston, then chief of staff to the deputy attorney general and one of the Justice aides involved in the removal of nine U.S. attorneys last year." ... "Brownlee settled the case anyway. Eight days later, his name appeared on a list compiled by Elston of prosecutors that officials had suggested be fired." ... "Brownlee ultimately kept his job. But as Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales confronts withering criticism over the dismissals, the episode in the OxyContin case provides fresh evidence of efforts by senior officials in the department's headquarters to sway the work of U.S. attorneys' offices." ... "

... Elston's attorney, Robert N. Driscoll, said his client had telephoned Brownlee at the direction of [Deputy Attorney General Paul J.] McNulty, who that evening had received an appeal for more time by Mary Jo White, a defense lawyer representing an executive for OxyContin's manufacturer, Purdue Pharma." -

WELL OF COURSE ELSTON CALLED THE US ATTY. FOR ROANOKE ON MCNULTY'S BEHALF, WHAT THE HELL ELSE DOES A CHIEF OF STAFF DO FOR HIS BOSS, HUH? IF NOT FOR THE DIRTY WORK!

I'M TELLING YOU, IF I WERE ELSTON, I WOULDN'T BE FALLING ON MY SWORD FOR THAT PIECE OF DRECK MCNULTY, NOT AFTER THAT DOJ REPORT I WOULDN'T! LET'S HEAR ELSTON SPILL THE BEANS PUBLICLY ON HIS FORMER BOSS, SO EVERYONE WILL KNOW JUST WHAT A LIAR AND CONCEALER OF INFORMATION THE FORMER DEPUTY AG OF THE DOJ REALLY IS, HUH?

Posted by: PAUL MCNULTY IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 5:06 PM

Will you bleeping idiot stop writing in caps??? It detracts from the point you are making. Points that I agree with, you ninny.

Posted by: Henry SPENCER | June 24, 2008 5:08 PM

Conservatives are for administering justice for others but will police themselves. When violating federal law, it that'sneeded is a minority to block any justice; There is no outrage...just sweep injustice under the rug.

And Conservatives claim to have a corner on being "Christian". Is it any wonder why there is a dimishing belief in the Faith?

Posted by: Paul Espinoza | June 24, 2008 5:13 PM

PAUL ESPINOZA-SORRY "FAITH" HAS NOT GOT ONE DAMN THING TO DO WITH ANYTHING-THIS IS JUST PURE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE -AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS-FEDERALIST SOCIETY-POLITICAL IDEOLOGICAL MISCONDUCT-CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT THAT IS GETTING A PASS-

AND THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ALREADY GAVE A PASS TO ONE OF ITS OWN FROM THE HILL-PAUL MCNULTY-EVEN WHILE ALL THIS EVIDENCE ACCUMULATED TO SHOW THAT HE LIED IN HIS TESTIMONY ON THE US ATTORNEY FIRINGS, HE SLANDERED THOSE US ATTORNEYS THAT HE FIRED, AND HE BROUGHT HIS THUGS IN FROM THE USAO, EDVA TO DO HIS DIRTY WORK!

YEAH, BAKER & MCKENZIE-YOU GOT YOURSELF A REAL PRIZE FOR A PARTNER THERE!-WHO WOULD HIRE A LAW FIRM LIKE THIS FOR WORK, GIVEN THE ETHICS OF SUCH A PARTNER?

Posted by: PAUL MCNULTY IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 5:19 PM

They are sooooo above it all. How else do explain the total disregard for
Congressional subpoena's? Will someone up on Ca[pitol Hill grow a pair and stop this madness. George and his cronies are one step away from having us all do the "goosestep". How can even 28% of Americans still be for this guy??? Can you say Nazis.

Posted by: Randall Thomas | June 24, 2008 5:49 PM

How sad for America. Brace yourselves.

If I had the funds to move out of the country, I certainly would. Canada's nice - gas is about 1.29/gal. The currency rate of exchange is level.

And Nazis tend to shy away from Canada choosing South America to spend their emeritus years.

Posted by: chauncykat | June 24, 2008 6:15 PM

Okay, here from MCGUIRE WOODS LAW FIRM WEBSITE, IS THE SECTION ON MICHAEL ELSTON:

Michael J. Elston
Partner

Washington Square
1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036-5317


T: 202.857.2409
F: 703.712.5215

melston@mcguirewoods.com

1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
McLean, Virginia 22102-4215


T: 703.712.5366
F: 703.712.5215

As chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, Mr. Elston assisted in drafting the McNulty Memorandum, which sets out the factors that must be considered when deciding whether to charge a corporation with a federal crime. He also assisted in the Justice Department's efforts to obtain Senate ratification of the U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty, and led negotiations with the General Counsel of the House of Representatives regarding protocols for future searches of the Capitol Hill offices of Members of Congress.

As the Justice Department's ex officio member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Mr. Elston represented the government's interests on the commission, and participated in the commission's response to the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Booker. He also participated in the work of the Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure on proposed amendments to Rule 16 regarding pretrial discovery in criminal cases.

Practices & Industries
Government Investigations
Appellate


WHY, ELSTON EVEN GOT A DOJ SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN 2006-YEAH! SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR UNETHICAL CONDUCT, STRONG-ARMING AND CARRYING OUT MCNULTY'S DIRTY WORK-HERE'S YOUR NEW AWARD ELSTON, A BLISTERING REPORT ON YOUR UNETHICAL AND POSSIBLY CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT IN 2008-WAY TO GO- ELSTON-AND WAY TO GO ALSO, USAO EDVA!-THE THUG SYNDICATE ACROSS THE RIVER STRIKES AGAIN!


P.S. ELSTON, WE WON'T TALK RIGHT NOW ABOUT THAT MCNULTY MEMO YOU MENTIONED-YOU KNOW, THE ONE THAT 33 FORMER US ATTORNEYS HAVE JUST WRITTEN ABOUT TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE? ASKING THE COMMITTEE TO GET THE DOJ TO DROP THAT SLEAZY POLICY SIGNED OFF BY MCNULTY CONCERNING ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE WAIVERS IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS? YOU'RE IN ENOUGH HOT WATER AS IT IS!

Posted by: PAUL MCNULTY IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 6:29 PM

"How are you going to get the best and most talented attorneys in the future. We run the risk of subpar representation on behalf of the United States in cases across the board..."
That's EXACTLY what conservatives want. Mega-corporations will retain $1000/hour sharks from Dewey Chetham & Howe, while the DOJ will be represented by Jimmy, who just finished his J.D. in Creationism Law at Liberty U.

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | June 24, 2008 6:48 PM

Who cares?
A dumb Republican lawyer is no worse than a smart Democrat lawyer. Just look at Pelosi and Obama. Both smart Democrat lawyers who will sell out the party and constituents for a bed in the White House.
They all smell like cow dung to me.

Posted by: hhkeller | June 24, 2008 6:59 PM

Discrimination against liberals? GOOD

Posted by: Kathy | June 24, 2008 7:07 PM

YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T KNOW, NOR HAD EVER HEARD OF "ESTHER SLATER MCDONALD" THE OTHER DOJ OFFICIAL NAMED. NO WONDER! I JUST LOOKED HER UP, SHE IS PRESENTLY AN ASSOCIATE FOR THE HUGE LAW FIRM SEYFARTH SHAW, AND SHE GRADUATED FROM NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL IN 2003? SHEESH! WELL, SOMETHING TELLS ME ESTHER WON'T BE MAKING PARTNER! GOOD GRIEF!-A 2003 LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE WITH THAT KIND OF HIRING AUTHORITY IN DOJ?! OH, HAS DOJ EVER BEEN EFF'D UP BY ITS SO-CALLED LEADERSHIP!

Posted by: PAUL MCNULTY IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 7:14 PM

No liberal lawyers?....way to go, just another thing to like about GW. We see too many of these liberal activist judges usurp the power of congress and the executive branch and trash the constitution.
The president deserves a raise for that.
Everyone knows however that the Democrats do the same. It's just easier to find the bottom fish liberal ones, they own the Democrat party.

Posted by: Mike | June 24, 2008 7:23 PM

WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN OBAMA!

Posted by: Mike | June 24, 2008 7:25 PM

I'M UTTERLY BEWILDERED! CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE OF THIS WOMAN, ESTHER SLATER MCDONALD, RE HER WEDDING! THIS WOMAN IS A CHILD! SHE GRADUATED FROM PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN 2000! PLEASE GOD-(NO PUN INTENDED) TELL ME, THAT PAUL MCNULTY, WHO GRADUATED FROM SOME TWO BIT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN PA., MONICA GOODLING, WHO GRADUATED FROM ANOTHER TWO BIT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL -AND THIS YOUNGEST OF THE YOUNG SLATER-MCDONALD, A 2000 CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GRADUATE-PLEASE TELL ME THEY DID NOT HAVE THIS MUCH POWER AT DOJ!

THIS IS VERY VERY VERY DEPRESSING TO READ THIS!

CHECK OUT ESTHER SLATER MCDONALD'S HISTORY HERE:

www.onlineathens.com/stories/051902/ath_20020519026.shtml

HOLY JESUS IS RIGHT!

Posted by: PAUL MCNULTY IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 7:32 PM

ONE MORE PIECE OF INFORMATION ABOUT MS. PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SLATER-MCDONALD-IT LOOKS LIKE SHE WAS WORKING FOR MCNULTY ON THESE MATTERS, AND NOT FOR THE ASSOC. AG AS REPORTED:

"The documentary evidence and witness interviews also support the conclusion that two members of the 2006 Screening Committee, Esther Slater McDonald, then Counsel to the Associate Attorney General, and Michael Elston, then Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General, took political or ideological affiliations into account in deselecting candidates, in violation of Department policy and federal law, and thereby committed misconduct.


The evidence showed that McDonald wrote disparaging statements about candidates' liberal and Democratic Party affiliations on the applications she reviewed and that she voted to deselect candidates on that basis. We found that another member of the 2006 Screening Committee, a career Assistant United States Attorney on detail to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, did not use improper considerations in his review of candidates for the Honors Program and SLIP. In fact, he appropriately raised concerns that political or ideological affiliations were being used by McDonald to both his supervisor and to Elston.


However, we concluded that Elston, who was the head of the 2006 Screening Committee, failed to take appropriate action when he learned that McDonald was routinely deselecting candidates on the basis of what she perceived to be the candidates' liberal affiliations. The evidence also showed that Elston himself deselected some candidates - and allowed the deselection of others - based on impermissible considerations.


We concluded that many qualified candidates were deselected by the Screening Committee in 2006 because of their perceived political or ideological affiliations, in violation of Department policy and federal law."

ALL OF THIS HAPPENING IN THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL-PAUL MCNULTY-AND HE GETS AWAY SCOT FREE-WHAT A SCUMBAG!

Posted by: PAUL MCNULTY IS A PIECE OF DRECK | June 24, 2008 7:40 PM

If the 4th estate (liberal press, ha!) had been doing it's job instead of being lap dogs to the Bushies, this would have been front page news until they were all impeached...Oh wait, they started a phony war as a distraction so that no one would notice the infiltration of their Christo-fascist operatives into all levels of the Federal government. All Bush appointees are suspect and should be considered guilty until proven innocent.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 24, 2008 7:42 PM

Republicans are filth. All republicans should be locked away at gitmo or better, a concentration camp where they belong. They are the real terrorists destroying America. They deserve no rights whatsoever. When you see a republican, spit on them.

Posted by: RepublicansAreEvil | June 24, 2008 7:58 PM

Another irony is a presidency so belittling of affirmative action would apply it to conservatives.

Posted by: jedxn | June 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Well, there is hope for America when so many people on these posts register their outrage at such blatantly illegal behaviour on the part of our leaders.
However, sorry to say it to you, this is nothing new. Criminals have been in charge of our local, state and federal governmental institutions for years.
Check our the entire South for a hundred years. Mississippi comes to mind. Texas, Alabama, Georgia, etc. etc. etc.
And, the old West too. Idaho was dominated by psychopathic criminals until the refugees from the Confederate South came out West and killed them and established the rule of law.
We Americans are not nearly as nice as we like to think we are.
Look at us today. We are letting our own soldiers come home from 2 wars that we absolutely loved and supported and we are making sure that they get NO benefits or health care or ANYTHING at all.
It isn't just that the Congress or the Executive Branch is somehow overlooking them, or simply too busy with so many more important things to take care of, oh no, it is simply that they don't give a damn.
These are not uneducated people. These are not people who have never read a book. These are people who are our "best and brightest".
And, they have determined that every, singe, solitary veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars should be NEGLECTED and REFUSED medical care for FOREVERMORE.
Think about it, they were volunteers so they volunteered to be entirely on their own for forevermore for their country.
To those of you who are saying to themselves that my comments are irrational and way over the top, I suggest you check out how our veterans REALLY are living right now.
You will find yourselves in despair. Do it. It will be good for
you.

Posted by: cms1 | June 24, 2008 8:17 PM

The DOJ guidelines that got revised/removed were not the hiring guidelines- they were the guidelines that had to do with DOJ prosecutions in relation to elections - there were specific prohibitions against publicizing prosecutions close to election time, in addition to many other things. THIS IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO - it has to do with the Seligman case (sort of a digression, sorry!) BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE DOJ Standard Operating Procedures THAT FEINSTEIN SO THEATRICALLY POINTED OUT HAD BEEN REMOVED, DURING AL'S HEARINGS. Please! Feinstein has done one good thing! Lets make it count!

Posted by: trace | June 24, 2008 8:28 PM

so as those ultra conservatives, illegally hired by the bushies burrow into the DOJ, what happens to them. nothing. they keep the job and get to warp the place for the next 30 yrs. just like the judges.

Posted by: jim | June 24, 2008 9:14 PM

Stop whining.
The Democrats are in bed with the Republicans. They split the country up years ago and control your every phone call. Within 5 years 15 % of the country will be behind bars. A two party system is no better than a one party system. Already, Mr. Flip Flop Change Obama has backpedaled and embraced most of Bushes policies.

Posted by: hhkeller | June 24, 2008 9:16 PM

Just who do "the editors" think they are fooling? They condemn Gonzales who they are are already reporting is out of reach while glowingly referring to his replacement as, "Michael B. Mukasey, the no-nonsense New York judge who replaced Gonzales as Attorney General". Ha! The underlying message is that they "were" corrupt but it is ok now. What a joke. Mukasey holds no one responsible and we are supposed to believe he's fixing the corruption? Good job Big Brother/Big Media. Disseminate the worthless information from the toothless investigation as if it were accountability.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | June 24, 2008 11:50 PM

Very good points, Morgan. I think the Post's overly simplistic characterization above, COMPLETELY MISSES THE POINT-AG MUKASEY SAYS NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT AND DOJ ATTORNEYS MISCONDUCT AND VIOLATION OF LAWS. IF DOJ LAWYERS ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR MISCONDUCT, THEN WHAT DOES THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT STAND FOR THEN, HUH? DO AS I SAY, BECAUSE WE ARE THE ALL POWERFUL DOJ, NOT AS WE DO?

IT'S DISGUSTING, AG MUKASEY. IF ANY OF THESE FORMER DOJ ATTORNEYS AND DOJ OFFICIALS HAVE VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW, THEN YOU OUGHT TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND PURSUE A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND CHARGES-JUST LIKE YOU'D GO AFTER ANYBODY ELSE IN THE COUNTRY, RIGHT, DOJ, RIGHT?

Posted by: Disgusted | June 25, 2008 11:27 AM

Arrabiato or whoever you are...unless you want everyone to think you're a lunatic you should lay off the capslock. We get it pal, you don't like Paul McNulty. Newsflash...nobody does. Its not neccesary for you to make an a$$ out of yourself to make the point.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 25, 2008 11:57 AM

Sir: We hang the petty thieves and elect(appoint)the great ones to high office.

Posted by: crafter48@netscape.com | June 25, 2008 12:34 PM

Democrat = Republican
therealdifference.org

Posted by: careful | June 25, 2008 5:16 PM


Last week's widely publicized report of widespread prohibited personnel practices (PPP's) in politicized hiring practices in Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2002 and 2006 was silent to some key points including:

1) What steps will be taken to restore the scores of victims - the highly qualified applicants for career positions in Justice Dept. who were "de-selected" for unlawful reasons?

2) Why did the agency which is supposed to be primary bulwark for protecting federal employees and applicants for federal employment from PPP's - the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) - fail so utterly?

3) Why were the "special studies" conducted by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), intended to determine if federal employees and applicants for employment are adequately protected from PPP's, fail to identify the widespread PPP's in DOJ?

I contend that OSC which should be, relatively speaking, the most essential anti-corruption agency in US Government, is likely a most corrupt and corrupting one in our government. I contend OSC's corruption and widespread corrupting influence stems primarily from its now 30-year-old bizarre, self-nullifying, misinterpretation of what is now 5 U.S.C. §1214(e) - that its requirements to report OSC's determinations of violations of "any" non-criminal laws, rules, and regulations - does not apply to the laws, rules, and regulations under OSC's investigatory and enforcement jurisdiction.

As a result of its bizarre, self-nullifying 30-year old misinterpretation of this key law, OSC has no objective nondiscretionary duty to the federal employees who seek its protection from PPP's. its key non-discretionary duty to those who seek its protection.

MSPB has played an essential role in OSC's corruption and corrupting influence by its 30-year-old misinterpretation of 5 USC 1204(a)(3) by which its "special studies" - intended to determine if federal employees and applicants for employment, in every federal agency, are being adequately protected from PPP's - do not have to consider that topic.

Neither MSPB nor OSC have inspector generals, so there is no internal check on their misinterpretation of these key laws. However, the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel ((OLC)is able to review these interpretations, if directed by the proper authority in DOJ to do so.

My recent, extensively documented, letter to Attorney General Mukasey, requesting him to direct OLC to conduct such a review, is posted online at:

. If enough stakeholders to the federal civil service and its merit system principles express support for this request, I am confident that these 30 year-old misinterpretations of law, which has resulted in immense, possibly irrecoverable, harm to our Country will be exposed and corrected.

Respectfully,

Joe Carson, PE
Knoxville, TN

Posted by: Joe Carson | June 30, 2008 12:23 AM

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