First, let's all give Schlozman a big hand, however grudgingly, because he (and his cohorts) clearly did an aces job, since the (ostensible) Obama/Biden DoJ is still Bush/Cheney's--and Karl Rove's.
p.s. The Legal Times piece on this latest outrage by the DoJ is here:
Outrageous! Let them hear from you about it: http://www.opednews.com/populum/AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Zachary Roth | September 11, 2009, 1:57PM
Bradley J. Schlozman
The Schloz can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Justice Department has decided to uphold the Bush administration's decision not to charge former Bush DOJ official Bradley Schlozman with perjury in connection with his testimony about politicized hiring at DOJ. The news was contained in a letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Sen. Chuck Schumer, which was obtained by TPMmuckraker.
See the letter here.
After careful examination of the evidence and the law, and upon consideration of other relevant prosecutorial factors, the Attorney General concluded that the United States Attorney's decision was reasonable and should be afforded due deference. The Attorney General thus has decided that the decision to decline prosecution of Mr. Schlozman should not be disturbed.
A report by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility found that Schlozman, who in 2006 served as acting head of the DOJ's Civil Rights division, had violated rules against politicized hiring, and had lied to Congress about it when questioned under oath by Schumer.
But in January 2009, before President Bush left office, the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Colmbiaannounced that Schlozman wouldn't face charges. Soon after taking office, Attorney General Eric Holderinitiated a review of that decision.
Report: Schlozman Broke The Law, Then Tried To Hide It From Senate
By Zachary Roth - January 13, 2009, 10:39AM
Here's the key excerpt, finding that Schlozman broke the law by considering political affiliations in making hiring decisions, and made false statement about it to the Senate:
The evidence in our investigation showed that Schlozman, first as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and subsequently as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General, considered political and ideological affiliations in hiring career attorneys and in other personnel actions affecting career attorneys in the Civil Rights Division. In doing so, he violated federal law - the Civil Service Reform Act - and Department policy that prohibit discrimination in federal employment based on political and ideological affiliations, and committed misconduct. The evidence also showed that Division managers failed to exercise sufficient oversight to ensure that Schlozman did not engage in inappropriate hiring and personnel practices.
Moreover, Schlozman made false statements about whether he considered political and ideological affiliations when he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and in his written responses to supplemental questions from the Committee. Schlozman is no longer employed by the Department and, therefore, is not subject to disciplinary action by the Department. We recommend, however, that, if criminal prosecution is declined these findings be considered if Schlozman seeks federal employment in the
future. We believe that his violations of the merit system principles set forth in the Civil Service Reform Act, federal regulations, and Department policy, and his subsequent false statements to Congress render him unsuitable for federal service.