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A.G. Holder Won’t Prosecute Ex-Bush Official on Perjury Allegations

It sounded like perjury. But Holder has spoken.

By Evan Perez
Wall Street Journal
Bradley Schlozman

Bradley Schlozman

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says he won’t overturn prosecutors’ decision declining to prosecute a former Bush administration Justice official investigated for possible perjury during the investigation of the 2006 U.S. attorney firings.

Bradley Schlozman, a former lawyer in the Justice civil rights division, once testified at a 2007 congressional hearing that he had boasted to colleagues about how many Republicans he had managed to hire at the department.

He was investigated over comments he made at the hearing that he later retracted, claiming that he had been directed by superiors to bring vote-fraud charges against voter-registration workers with the left-leaning group, ACORN.

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Justice Department to Review Criminal Case Against Ex-Justice Civil Rights Division Head Bradley Schlozman

Bradley Scholzman

Bradley Schlozman

One question is: How much resources and how much resolve does the Holder Justice Department have to continue investigating the question marks in the Bush era? This case may test that question.

By Justin Elliott
TPMMuckraker

The Bradley Schlozman saga might have some life left in it, yet.

The Justice Department is reviewing a decision made earlier this year under the Bush Administration not to charge Schlozman, the former official who was found by an Inspector General report to have made false statements to the Senate about whether he considered political affiliations in hiring.

A DOJ spokesman told TPMmuckraker today the Schlozman case is “under review,” confirming that Attorney General Eric Holder is acting on a promise he made during his confirmation hearings to take another look at the case.

An IG report released in January found Schlozman broke federal law by considering ideological affiliations in hiring at the department’s Civil Rights Division. The report also found Schlozman falsely denied he considered politics in hiring in sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Inspector Gen. Says Ideological Considerations Tainted Hiring Process At Justice Civil Rights Division

Bradley Schlozman

Bradley Schlozman

Here’s just another disturbing footnote in the Justice Department in the Bush years.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Ideological considerations permeated the hiring process at the Justice Department’s civil rights division, where a politically appointed official sought to hire “real Americans” and Republicans for career posts and prominent case assignments, according to a long awaited report released this morning by the department’s inspector general.
The extensive study of hiring practices between 2001 and 2007 concluded that a former department official improperly weeded out candidates based on their perceived ties to liberal organizations. Two other senior managers failed to oversee the process, authorities said.
The key official, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman, favored employees who shared his political views and derided others as “libs” and “pinkos,” the report said.
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