A report released (go straight to Conclusions and Recommendations) Tuesday found the Department of Justice illegally based hiring decisions on the political views of potential employees.
This is one of a few investigations by both the Department of Justice’s Inspector General and Congress.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is quoted by the AP saying:
“This is the first smoking gun. We believe there will be more to come. This report shows clearly that politics and ideology replaced merit as the hiring criteria at one of our most prized civil service departments.”
All I can say is the courts had better force Harriet Miers, Rove, and the rest to testify under oath before Congress. These actions are illegal and should be punished accordingly. We all knew that the Bush administration elevated politics above honor, propriety, and impartiality, now we know they elevated politics above the law.
The Department of Justice has its work cut out for it in order to regain a reputation of upholding our laws with scrupulous fairness.