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DOJ REPORT: TOP OFFICIALS ILLEGALLY BLOCKED DEMOCRATS FROM IMMIGRATION JUDGE AND ATTORNEY APPOINTMENTS

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Wow.This is pretty serious stuff and could result in indictments. Monica Goodling, the DOJ liaison to the White House, appears to be in the greatest jeopardy, based on the DOJ report (see below), but others are in trouble as well including the former Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. The long and short of it is that the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the office responsible for the nation's immigration judges, is governed by the civil service regulations and have pretty strict rules on hiring:

It is the policy of the Department of Justice to seek to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status,
political affiliation, age, or physical or mental handicap in employment within the Department and to assure equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for
employment.

The DOJ obtained emails between DOJ political appointees which appear to show that party official was a litmus test for the hiring of immigration judges by EOIR and members of the Board of Immigration Appeals.



House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers issued a tough press release also raising the possibility of pursuing perjury charges against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as well as Goodling related to testimony they gave in the spring which is contradicted in the DOJ report:

Today's report describes 'systematic' violations of federal law by
several former leaders of the Department of Justice. Apparently, the political screening was so pervasive that even
qualified Republican applicants were rejected from Department positions
because they were 'not Republican enough' for Monica Goodling and
others. The report also makes clear that the cost to our nation of
these apparent crimes was severe, as qualified individuals were
rejected for key positions in the fight against terrorism and other
critical Department jobs for no reason other than political whim. The
Report also indicates that Monica Goodling, Kyle Sampson, and Alberto
Gonzales may have lied to the Congress about these matters. I have
directed my staff to closely review this matter and to consider whether
a criminal referral for perjury is needed.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    "Tony Fabrizio, who worked as Bob Dole's presidential campaign pollster in 1996, emphasized that no single measure of support is decisive. "McCain can make up the difference" he said, by increasing his support among whites."

    This is the attitude that has gotten the GOP in serious trouble. The blame should be laid squarely at the feet of Karl Rove. Had Rove "united" all Christians, Hispanic, white, Asian and black against the threat of Radical Islam and pushed for a comprehensive immigration reform after 9/11 instead of ceding the territory to racists such as Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Nathan Deal and Dana Rohrbacher, he would have created a majority GOP realignment for a generation. Instead the clown abdicated his role and let the racists in the GOP define the immigration issue. I believe that the racists in the GOP of whom there are many, will have considerable input into the immigration platform and if McCain nominates Romney or Huckabee, you will see a flood of Hispanics running to the Dems. Meanwhile the white vote for GOP will remain constant as much as Fabrizio likes to dream.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Kindly remove the above comment if you see fit. It was inadvertently posted in the wrong place. Sorry!
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