Ms. Monica Goodling not such a good little girl after all - takes the fall at DOJ for Gonzalez and Kyle Sampson over hirings
An In Justice Department report published today concludes that politics illegally influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges. It lays the blame on top aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
It especially highlights the role of the department's former(Ms. Goodling was hired by US Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan to work in the executive office) White House liaison, Monica Goodling, for violating federal law and Justice Department policy by discriminating against job applicants who weren't Republican or conservative loyalists.
''Goodling improperly subjected candidates for certain career positions to the same politically based evaluation she used on candidates for political positions,'' the report concludes.
In one instance, Justice investigators found, Goodling objected to hiring an assistant prosecutor in Washington because ''judging from his resume, he appeared to be a liberal Democrat.''
In another, she rejected an experienced terror prosecutor to work on counterterror issues at a Justice Department headquarters office ''because of his wife's political affiliations,'' the report found.
The federal government makes a distinction between so-called ''career'' appointees and ''political'' appointees, and the long-accepted custom has been that career workers are not hired on the basis of political affiliation or allegiance.
The 140-page report does not indicate whether Goodling or former Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson could face any charges. None of those involved in the discriminatory hiring still work at Justice, meaning they will avoid any department penalties.
However, Justice investigators said that Goodling, at least, may lose her license to practice law as a result of the findings.
Gonzales was largely unaware of the hiring decisions by two of his most trusted aides. The report said his aides' decisions weeded out Democrats and that Goodling also rejected at least one lesbian job applicant.
When she resigned her post in April 2007 she wrote a nice letter to Abe Gonzalez which reportedly said ..."May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America."
PS : Monica had last attracted public attention when she authorised the expenditure of US$8,000 on blue drapes to cover an Art Deco stature of the Lady Spirit of Justice by Paul Jennewein, modestly not blindfolded but bearing a plump and unclothed right breast, in the Great Hall of the Robert F Kennedy Building.
The statue notably featured in pictures when she was seen behind then - Attorney General Edwin Meese III as he held up a report on pornography. Alberto had the curtains removed in June 2005.
For previous post see - Monday, August 27, 2007 Alberto G falls on his sword - follows Goodling, Sampson and Battle from DOJ for telling lies, again and again.Messianics at work.
Before you start laughing about Regents College , pause for thought .. Saturday, May 13th, 2006 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered the commencement address at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, (and founder of the Moral Majority) and vigorously defended his support for the war in Iraq ..WAPO