I'm sorry for the long cut and paste, but the PDF it came from is long and I figured it would be easier to c&p this little gem from the "An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in the Office of the Attorney General" report. Quite a mouth full.
How can you defend something like this? For an administration that prides itself on how much it does to rid the world of terrorism... to have something like this happen? Are you kidding me?
The report is full of stuff like this. Enjoy reading it. Link to the PDF after the c&p.
http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/s0807/final.pdfOn September 6, 2006, EOUSA notified all USAOs that it was
seeking a detailee to work on counterterrorism issues. The notice stated
that applicants must have counterterrorism prosecution experience, and
that 5 years of criminal prosecution experience was preferred.
On September 19, 2006, an AUSA sent Voris his application for the
counterterrorism detail. EOUSA Director Battle’s calendar shows that
the AUSA was interviewed by video-teleconference on September 29,
The candidate had been an AUSA since 1987. He was an
experienced terrorism prosecutor and had successfully prosecuted a
high-profile terrorism case for which he received the Attorney General’s
Award for Exceptional Service. He had also litigated several other
terrorism cases and prosecuted major criminal cases. The candidate
also served as chief of the anti-terrorism unit in his USAO, working with
two joint terrorism task forces containing multiple agencies and agents,
and he had communicated frequently with senior Department leadership
with responsibility for terrorism issues.
Battle stated that Voris told him that the candidate was head and
shoulders above the other candidates who had applied for the
counterterrorism detail. Battle agreed with that assessment, stating that
the candidate was the best applicant for the detail. John Kelly, the
EOUSA Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, stated that he and Battle
wanted to hire the candidate because he was one of the leading terrorism
prosecutors in the country and a very talented attorney.
The candidate’s wife was a prominent local Democrat elected
official and vice-chairman of a local Democratic Party. She also ran
several Democratic congressional campaigns. The candidate was at
times a registered Independent and at other times a registered Democrat.
Notwithstanding the candidate’s outstanding qualifications and
EOUSA senior management’s desire to hire him, Goodling refused to
approve the detail.
Battle, Kelly, and EOUSA Deputy Director Nowacki all told us that
Goodling refused to allow the candidate to be detailed to EOUSA solely
on the basis of his wife’s political party affiliation. Battle said he was
very upset that Goodling opposed the detail because of political reasons.
Nowacki told us that Goodling informed him that the candidate’s wife
was a Democrat, and Nowacki believed that Goodling refused to allow the
detail because of this fact. Similarly, Kelly told us that Goodling refused
to allow EOUSA to hire the candidate because his wife was active in
Battle said that he and Voris went to Goodling several times to
argue that EOUSA should be allowed to hire the candidate, but they were
not successful. Battle told us he did not appeal Goodling’s refusal to
allow the candidate to be detailed to EOUSA because he did not think it
would be successful given that Goodling worked in the OAG.
The candidate was never informed that he did not get the
Because EOUSA had been unable to fill the counterterrorism detail
after Goodling vetoed this candidate, a current EOUSA detailee was
asked to assume EOUSA’s counterterrorism portfolio. This replacement
detailee had been an AUSA since September 2004, after having served as
an assistant district attorney for 3 years. He had been detailed to
EOUSA in 2006. He had no counterterrorism experience and had less
than the minimum of 5 years of federal criminal prosecution experience
required by the EOUSA job announcement. Battle, Nowacki, Kelly, and
Voris all said they thought that he was not qualified for the position,
since he had no counterterrorism experience. The replacement
candidate was a registered Republican who Goodling had interviewed
and approved before he was selected for his EOUSA detail.
In sum, we concluded that Goodling prevented EOUSA from
selecting an experienced career AUSA to handle counterterrorism issues
because of his and his wife’s political affiliation. As a result, a much less
experienced, but politically acceptable, attorney was assigned this
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