In Politicizing Justice, 'Appalling' Betrayal

By injecting politics into hiring, Gonzales & Co. shatter public's faith
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2008 12:30 PM CDT
"Thus," Jamie Gorelick writes of Alberto Gonzales' hiring practices at Justice, "was the department's fundamental promise to the American people%u2014which had been respected for decades%u2014broken."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New confirmation that the Justice Department used political criteria in hiring for career positions shouldn’t just outrage the maybe-liberals they discriminated against, derailing careers because they were gay, say, or had a wife who was a Democrat, a former Clinton administration official writes in the Washington Post. It’s a major blow against the entire institution, argues Jamie Gorelick.

In a long career representing people being investigated by Justice, she writes, she was able to assure clients that they wrould receive impartial treatment. That confidence "hinged  on both the public perception—and reality—that the career assistant US attorneys, line prosecutors and lawyers who work at the department are picked on their merits and proceed without regard to politics.”  In perverting this system, she writes, “thus was the department's fundamental promise to the American people broken.”