Category Archives: politicizing justice
The report (pdf) on how Monica Goodling and John Nowacki politicized the US Attorneys Office is out. Thanks to TPM Muckraker for the link to the actual report, which is over 140 pages. TPM also took the time to scour through the report for the ‘evidence’. The following is from the TPM writeup:
The OIG report released today on the politicized hiring at the Justice Department, details a number of the candidates that were de-selected for positions under Monica Goodling’s watch. One of them, was an “experienced terrorism prosecutor. . [who] had successfully prosecuted a high-profile terrorism case for which he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.”
Unfortunately for him, he had a wife who was a Democrat.
In the report, page 30 (page 25 on the actual report) starts the Evidence and Analysis portion of the report. This one line about Goodling’s testimony in front of the Congress critters last year kinda jumped right out at me:
We believe that several of Goodling’s assertions in this written statement were inaccurate.
No shit Sherlock..what was your first clue? Back to the reports findings:
Based on our investigation, we concluded that Goodling and Nowacki improperly used political or ideological affiliations when assessing waiver requests from interim U.S. Attorneys in at least three cases, which violated Department policy and federal law, and also constituted misconduct.
The most troubling case involved a request from Washington, D.C. interim U.S. Attorney Taylor. Goodling did not initially approve the waiver request. When Taylor called Goodling about the pending request, she told him that the candidate gave her pause because, judging from his résumé, he appeared to be a “liberal Democrat.” Goodling also mentioned that because Republicans had lost control of Congress after the November 2006 elections, she expected that Republican congressional staff might apply to the USAO in Washington. Taylor rightfully responded that these were impermissible considerations and that U.S. Attorneys will lose credibility if they are perceived to make politicized hiring decisions.
Yet, even after this discussion, Goodling did not initially approve the waiver request. Only after Taylor complained to OAG Chief of Staff Sampson, who directed Goodling to approve the request, did Goodling send an e-mail approving the waiver.
There is more, but I don’t want to wear out your eyeballs so early in the week m’dear reader..check it out if your interested. I just want Monica and her pal Nowacki, who also went to the same religious law school as Monica, to be charged with crimes. All these fucktards can’t get away with politicizing our highest judical office..or can they?
Update: Parts of Alabama did not get to see this specific part of the show last night..coincidence? Nah..no way.
The written transcript of this 60 Minutes show from last night can be read here. From the transcript:
As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, 52 former state attorneys-general have asked Congress to investigate whether the prosecution of Siegelman was pursued not because of a crime but because of politics.
Those AG’s are from both sides of the aisle. The real story is that Karl Rove was involved in the plan to sink Siegelman..which of course makes this whole case suspect as hell and politically motivated.