Sun, Nov 20, 2016 |
By Hugh Hewitt
My pal, “Old Hand,” spent decades as a career lawyer in DOJ, though at one of the outlier United States Attorneys Offices, prosecuting bad guys, working with the FBI and Main Justice. He weighed in a few times in this space on Director Comey’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s server, ans sent along the following this AM:
Politico and a couple other places have had stories about a potential “mass exodus” in the Civil Rights Division if Sessions is confirmed.
Why would that be? Is the Civil Rights Division full of liberal attorneys? Is being a left winger a necessary prerequisite to working in the Civil Rights Division?
If I recall correctly (and I do because I remember it vividly), one of the “outrageous” aspects of the 2006 scandal involving the firings of 7 US Attorneys in the second term of the Bush Administration was the fact that a mid-level DOJ attorney named Monica Goodling — way over her head in the job she was given — came under intense scrutiny by Congress when it became known that she was evaluating some DOJ hires based on their political leanings as gleaned from their resumes. Bradley Schlozman, the interim Chief of the Civil Rights Division was also found by Congressional investigators and the DOJ Inspector General to have favored applicants with conservative credentials, and disfavored applicants with prior civil rights or human rights affiliations considered too liberal — both in violation of DOJ hiring policies and federal law.
After all, these positions were “career” appointments, and by law political and ideological views are not to be considered in hiring.
So how is it — after 8 years of Obama Administration hiring in the Civil Rights Division — that there might be a “mass exodus” of trial attorneys simply because there is going to be a conservative AG? Has there been a pattern or practice in hiring by the Civil Rights Division that has favored liberal leaning applicants?
If there is a “mass exodus”, maybe there should be an investigation into how the staffing of the Civil Rights Division came to be so tilted that it would be so chock-full of liberal and left wing attorney activists who simply can’t bring themselves to handle civil rights cases in a politically neutral manner.