07.30.08

Judiciary Panel Hears Testimony From Inspector General About Politicized Hirings At Department Of Justice

Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine testified this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a report released by his office Monday about politicized hirings at the Department of Justice.  Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) scheduled the hearing in advance of the report’s release. 

The report examined allegations of politicized hiring at the Department by former senior staff members, as well as White House influence at the Department.  It is the second in a series of reports that follow an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as other congressional committees, into the hiring and firing of United States Attorneys, and the politicization of the Department of Justice.  Leahy has led the Senate panel’s investigation that led the Committee to approve contempt citations in December for former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten after they failed to comply with Committee-issued subpoenas in connection with the investigation.

Leahy’s prepared statement follows.  Watch the hearing live and read the Inspector General’s prepared testimony online.

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