Report: More Favoritism at Justice
An inspector general's report accusing two Justice Department officials of using political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors is the second of four planned dissections of hiring decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.
A separate report, released in June, found that a pair of former high-ranking political appointees had violated department policy and the Civil Service Reform Act by using ideological reasons to scuttle the candidacy of lawyers who applied to the elite honors and summer intern programs.
Reports on hiring problems in the Civil Rights Division and the firing of nine U.S. attorneys have yet to be released, The Post's Carrie Johnson reports.
The report on the firing of U.S. attorneys was a central issue in the resignation of former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
Gonzales repeatedly angered lawmakers by saying that he could not recall key episodes and details related to the U.S. attorneys' dismissals, testifying nearly 70 times at one hearing alone that he could not remember specific events.
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