Monica M. Goodling Esq.
September 2008: 'The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."....Remember Monica Goodling, the Justice Department's liaison to the White House, who went so far as to ask prospective Justice appointees to wax eloquent about why they wanted to "serve" George W. Bush?'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/29/AR2008092902663.html
July 2008: 'An extensive report by the department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility concluded yesterday that Goodling and others had broken civil service laws, run afoul of department policy and engaged in "misconduct," a finding that could expose them to further scrutiny and sanctions. The report depicted Goodling as a central figure in politicizing employment decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072801007.html
May 2007: '“You have a Monica problem,” Ms. Ashton was told, according to several Justice Department officials. Referring to Monica M. Goodling, a 31-year-old, relatively inexperienced lawyer who had only recently arrived in the office, the boss added, “She believes you’re a Democrat and doesn’t feel you can be trusted.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/12/washington/12monica.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Executive (past or present) Justice Department/Department of Justice (DOJ) Organization May 21, 2007 Student/Trainee (past or present) Regents University Organization May 21, 2007 Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization May 21, 2007 Subordinate of (past or present) Alberto R. Gonzales Esq. Person May 21, 2007 Opponent (past or present) Leslie Hagen Person Jul 29, 2008 Friend (past or present) Rachel K. Paulose Esq. Person Oct 14, 2007
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 30, 2008 Politics Over Prosecutors
QUOTE: The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."
Washington Post Jul 28, 2008 Internal Justice Dept. Report Cites Illegal Hiring Practices
QUOTE: An extensive report by the department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility concluded yesterday that Goodling and others had broken civil service laws, run afoul of department policy and engaged in "misconduct," a finding that could expose them to further scrutiny and sanctions. The report depicted Goodling as a central figure in politicizing employment decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2007 Justice Dept. Reshapes Its Civil Rights Mission
QUOTE: in a number of cases... government agencies, employers or private organizations have improperly suppressed religious expression in situations that the Constitution’s drafters did not mean to restrict...[but] The shift at the Justice Department has significantly altered the government’s civil rights mission, said Brian K. Landsberg...
New York Times May 31, 2007 Big Disparities in Judging of Asylum Cases
QUOTE: Asylum seekers in the United States face broad disparities in the nation’s 54 immigration courts, with the outcome of cases influenced by things like the location of the court and the sex and professional background of judges, a new study has found. .... In one of the starker examples cited, Colombians had an 88 percent chance of winning asylum from one judge in the Miami immigration court and a 5 percent chance from another judge in the same court.
New York Times May 31, 2007 Raging Caging: What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care?
QUOTE: Vote caging is an illegal trick to suppress minority voters (who tend to vote Democrat) by getting them knocked off the voter rolls if they fail to answer registered mail sent to homes they aren't living at (because they are, say, at college or at war).
Slate May 19, 2007 Iglesias recounts a lunch with politics on the menu: The fired U.S. attorney says he was targeted for not pressing charges that could have helped the GOP.
QUOTE: Federal investigators are examining whether electoral considerations...played a part in the termination of Iglesias and other U.S. attorneys last year .... [Former US Attorney David C. Iglesias] is speaking out because his reputation has been assaulted and because political considerations were pushed improperly into the once-sacrosanct area of prosecutorial discretion.
Los Angeles Times May 12, 2007 Colleagues Cite Partisan Focus by Justice Official
QUOTE: Ms. Goodling also moved to block the hiring of prosecutors with résumés that suggested they might be Democrats, even though they were seeking posts that were supposed to be nonpartisan. And she helped maintain lists of all the United States attorneys that graded their loyalty to the Bush administration.
New York Times May 09, 2007 It's not just about fired US attorneys anymore: Congress is asking pointed questions about the role of partisanship in prosecutions, hirings at Justice Department.
QUOTE: ...even if Gonzales leaves, uproar about management at the Department of Justice is unlikely to subside. A steady stream of revelations – from allegations about partisan hiring in the Civil Rights Division to possible White House involvement in the US attorney dismissals – has seen to that.
Christian Science Monitor May 08, 2007 Justice Dept. Allows Immunity Deal for Former Gonzales Aide's Testimony
QUOTE: Goodling, who resigned last month as Gonzales's senior counselor and White House liaison, has invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions from House and Senate investigators about the firings. She worked closely with D. Kyle Sampson, then Gonzales's chief of staff, on the dismissals and is also the subject of an internal Justice Department investigation of whether she weighed political affiliation in reviewing hiring decisions for career prosecutors.
Washington Post May 03, 2007 Ex-Aide to Gonzales Accused Of Bias: Justice Department Scrutinizes Role of Politics in Hiring
QUOTE: The Justice Department has launched an internal investigation into whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's former White House liaison illegally took party affiliation into account in hiring career federal prosecutors, officials said yesterday.
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