Friday, April 20, 2007

Are you now or have you ever been...

a supporter of the Democratic Party?

From The Gavel on Wednesday:
Today the House and Senate Judiciary Committees received a letter from anonymous Justice Department employees concerning widespread politicization at the Justice Department.
Student applicants for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) are now being struck from lists of potential interviews, Justice employees allege, for having "liberal" leanings.

When a group of concerned DOJ employees complained about how many qualified candidates had been rejected, Michael Ellston, Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty dressed them down for not having "done their jobs." He “was offensive to the point of insulting” and told them he had forwarded the list to a "screening panel" whose members he refused to name. The DOJ employees continue,
When division personnel staff later compared the remaining interviewees with the candidates struck from the list, one common denominator appeared repeatedly: most of those struck from the list had interned for a Hill Democrat, clerked for a Democratic judge, worked for a “liberal” cause, or otherwise appeared to have “liberal” leanings. Summa cum laude graduates of both Yale and Harvard were rejected for interviews.
[h/t Crooks and Liars, TPM Muckraker]

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