Report: Bush Administration Officials Violated Federal Law and Politicized Hiring at the Justice Department

The Justice Department Inspector General Office has completed its review of allegations of violations of federal law by Bush officials in the hiring of prosecutors and immigration judges. The 140-page report found that former Alberto Gonzales aides Monica Goodling or former Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson broke federal law and used politics rather than merit to select both attorneys and immigration judges. This will be the subject of my discussion tonight on MSNBC Countdown, click here.

What is most striking is how rabid and immature Goodling appears in these accounts, even objecting to an applicant saying that he liked Secretary of State Rice because she is “pro-choice.” It appears that even Bush appointees are insufficient “Bushies” in the mind of some of extremists like Goodling.

Goodling would also ask questions like “what is it about George Bush that makes you want to serve him.” Of course, not only are career attorneys not supposed to be asked political questions, but they did not “serve” the president — they serve the country, the justice system, even the Justice Department. They do not serve George Bush. Even political appointees merely “serve at the pleasure of the president” which means that he can fire them. It does not mean that the White House counsel, for example, serves the president like a client. He serves the office of the presidency.

All of this seems lost on Goodling, who proved a perfect political commissar. For his part, Sampson was little better: using political questions and forms for immigration judges. He favored those who did favors for the Republicans — rather than try to put the most talented lawyers on the bench.

Gonzales has insisted that he did not know about these actions. Yet, it was Gonzales who appointed people like Goodling to a high office at the Justice Department despite her lack of professional accomplishment or standing. Her only outstanding characteristic was her extreme loyalty to Bush and extreme conservatism. The study is an indictment of Gonzales, who degraded the Justice Department by converting it into an institutional image of himself. He wanted a department that blindly pursued the political agenda of his mentor without independence or question. Low-grade people like Goodling were essential to achieve that ignoble goal. Indeed, in her farewell remarks, she showered her patron, Gonzales, with praise and the grace of the Almighty: “May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America.”

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42 thoughts on “Report: Bush Administration Officials Violated Federal Law and Politicized Hiring at the Justice Department”

  1. Mojo
    1, July 28, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    It’s right out of The Colbert Report:

    “Bush; great president, or the greatest president?”

    lol, now THATS funny.

  2. Well i for one am shocked, SHOCKED that there is gambling in casabl, er i mean Politicization at a Bush run agency. Why all you have to do is look at how things are run in Texas vis a vis the appointment of state agency heads to see that the microcasm of Texas politics writ large is playing itself out.

  3. Mojo,

    He’s the most bestes leader the world has ever known. I cannot believe you would mock him.

  4. rcampbell,

    Thanks for the evil pleasure. Color me shallow!

    rafflaw,

    I think he’s a complete coward as well. I do think bush will save the rat bastard’s head just like he did for scooter, so that may stand in the way of a squeal.

  5. rcampbell
    1, July 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm


    I know it’s shallow, but I just can’t resist.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

    Go ahead. Indulge yourself.

    😐

    After all it’s not like Mrs Goodling’s that deep.

  6. Goodling would also ask questions like “what is it about George Bush that makes you want to serve him.”

    It’s right out of The Colbert Report:

    “Bush; great president, or the greatest president?”

  7. Jill,
    I would be happy to get Rove because if you get him, he will squeal like a pig and rat out Bush and Cheney and the rest to save his large back end.

  8. I know it’s shallow, but I just can’t resist. If you Google the name Monica Goodling you will see a hit for the LA Times. Click it. The picture they used of Ms Goodling is just priceless. It’s so like, duh.

  9. Or, I think, Ghostbusters 2 where the guy says; “abase me”

    rafflaw,

    I agree this has Rove’s name on it, but I believe cheney and bush knew as well. Cheney has his hand on everything. Bush gets the mini briefing for the criminally stupid. Cheney gets the long version, direct and through his own apparatckis who answer exclusivly to him.

  10. JT said;

    Goodling would also ask questions like “what is it about George Bush that makes you want to serve him.”

    This is like straight out of an SNL episode.

  11. Jill,
    I want those persons names and their heads. This scandal goes to the very top of the food chain, if Congress has the gumption to go all the way. As I said earlier, this has Rove’s smell all over it.

  12. rafflaw,

    You would need the power of a Sith Lord to write such a name and live!

    Slightly more seriously, this report lacks credibility. In these people’s testimony they referenced back to the whitehouse. I want their names on the report as well.

  13. “Goodling would also ask questions like “what is it about George Bush that makes you want to serve him.”

    *********************

    I am having more respect for France’s refusal to admit obsequious persons as citizens. Who could possible think–besides a religious zealot from Regent Law School-_that this is proper attitude for a citizen in a democracy. Anyone still think religion doesn’t teach servility? Anyone think that civics should be required for both homeschoolers and students in class?

    Had we implemented the French rule, Bush would be alone in the White House with Barney trying to run the government. Things would have likely be better off too–if Barney was routinely consulted.

  14. I also want to know who ordered or authorized these Sampson and Goodling to handle the new hires in this illegal fashion? My money is that Rove’s hands are all over this. Of course, the emails have probably been destroyed so it will be tough to connect him to this crap. Maybe we can convince Monica Goodling that for her penance for being a bad girl and breaking the law, God wants her to rat out her superiors who told her to do this.

  15. Mukasey is “distressed”. Well, I’m creeped out. Distressed isn’t a subsitute for corrective legal action. And I don’t think Gonzales isn’t involved either. This is like Abu Ghraib. They know they can’t hide it altogether, but they still figure out how to protect the prime movers. The report says these lackeys consulted directly with the whitewash, I mean house. This goes to cheneybush. It all does.

  16. So what else is new. Another revelation like this is about a surprising as slime following a slug. We can now safely assume that our worst fears were realized and that very little was beneath this crew in terms of their efforts in furtherance of their authoritarian agenda.

  17. I will be looking forward to Countdown tonight.

    Finally, one of the crimes “hiding in plain sight” is done hiding.

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