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JUNE 25 2008

1. Critics seize on DOJ audit as evidence of meddling
2. Report Assails Political Hiring in Justice Dept
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Critics seize on DOJ audit as evidence of
meddling
by Ben Evans Associated Press

.An audit finding that Republican partisanship infected Justice
Department hiring has provided fresh ammunition for critics who claim
the agency brought charges against Democrats with one eye on the
ballot box.

The hiring audit found that Bush officials implemented a screening
program in 2002 to weed out job applicants who had liberal or
Democratic ties. Such disqualifications, it said, "constituted
misconduct and also violated the department's policies and civil
service law that prohibit discrimination in hiring based on political or
ideological affiliation."

"It validates and verifies what we all knew was taking place, and that is
that under (the Bush administration) the Justice Department has been
politicized and used as a political tool," former Alabama Gov. Don
Siegelman said Wednesday, a day after the report became public.


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Report Assails Political Hiring in Justice Dept
by Eric Lichtblau at New York Times

.Justice Department officials illegally used “political or ideological”
factors in elite recruiting programs in recent years, tapping law school
graduates with Federalist Society membership or other conservative
credentials over more qualified candidates with liberal-sounding
résumés, an internal report found Tuesday.

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