January 13th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
5 years ago

I.G. report says former civil rights chief broke the law

Bradley Schlozman testified before Congress in 2007.
Bradley Schlozman testified before Congress in 2007.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A long-awaited Justice Department report on the troubled Civil Rights Division says a politically-motivated former chief of the Division violated a federal hiring law and made false statements to Congress about his controversial hiring practices.

Bradley Schlozman, however, will not be prosecuted. The report says the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia decided last week not to prosecute Schlozman for the violations found by investigators for the Inspector General.

The 65-page report by Inspector General Glenn Fine describes Schlozman as a staunch conservative who tried to punish liberal employees within the Civil Rights Division.

"Our investigation concluded that Schlozman... inappropriately considered political and ideological affiliations in hiring career attorneys and in other personnel actions affecting career attorneys in the Division," the report said. "We concluded that in doing so Schlozman violated federal law (The Civil Service Reform Act) and Department policy, both of which prohibit discrimination in federal employment based on political or ideological affiliations, and committed misconduct."

The Inspector General also faulted Schlozman for his congressional testimony.

"Our report concluded that Schlozman made false statements about whether he had considered political and ideological affiliations when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2007 and in his written responses to supplemental questions from the Committee."

The report is the fourth and final one to be issued by the Inspector General stemming from the controversial firing of U.S. Attorneys by top Justice Department officials, and allegations of extensive improper hiring practices by conservative Republican officials who used political criteria in their decision making.


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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Former Republican

    WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEND

    THESE SCUM BAGS TO PRISON ?

    January 13, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    My God.

    This is truly disgusting.

    If this is what the conservative movement has become, may it just "up and die" and go away. This type of attitude belongs in Nazi Germany.

    Just disgusting.

    Message to PE Obama and his team: do not repeat these mistakes. Hire people based on their qualifications, not their affiliations.

    Message to Karl Rove: How's that permanent Republican majority plan working for you?

    January 13, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. scdemocrat

    Why in the world would he not be prosecuted? If he broke the LAW, he should be prosecuted. Bush and his idiot cronies can not leave office soon enough. Hopefully, with this coming to light ,President Obama will be able to overturn these hirings, especially if the are lifetime appointments. Bushs croniesm and corruption will be felt by our country for years to come unfortunately.

    January 13, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Brian

    So the message to future conservative leaders is, piss on the law, do whatever the Hell you want, and you won't be prosecuted?

    January 13, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Matt

    ABUSE OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION NOT TO GO AFTER SCHLOZMAN...HE SHOULD BE THROWN IN JAIL

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Matt

    Conservative = racist

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    How wonderfully ironic! The head of the Civil Rights Division violating the laws his own division was set up to take care of! Probably should have renamed it the Civil Wrongs Division...

    Yet another Bush political appointee... What was Bush's comment yesterday about avoiding "litmus tests"...?

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Thank God for the IGs

    Very glad to hear the truth come out on this. The extend of Bush's perversion of our government is finally being revealed to the public. Seems the Inspector Generals of our government are the only ones doing their job professionally any more.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Steve C.

    So, the "politically-motivated former chief of the Division violated a federal hiring law and made false statements to Congress about his controversial hiring practices." but won't be prosecuted.

    Where's the problem in Washington?

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican

    This report really sucks. A very important matter, them not pressing charges, is not covered. WHY are they not going to prosecute?

    Are we to now be a country that it's ok to commit murder, rape, theft and simply be ok with it? WHY are they not throwing the book at this piece of garbage?

    I hope employee's affected by this pile of trash sue HIM for all he worth, alas, that would be suing the Government. Still do it, if the govt won't prosecute them, then the govt is to blame as well.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Franky

    Conservatives don't break the law, they make it, LOL!! I'm playing, I'm playing...

    I love this country so much. This is gonna be WAY better than Bills' time that's for sure...

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. maurice estevez

    Only the innocent will be prosocuted/persecuted, why is it that the so called Justice dept. can find the perpetrators of illegal activities and still refuse to charge and try these criminals. I think its time to charge the U.S. Attorneys office with malfesence.

    January 13, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. sam jackson jr

    As a former employee of the DOJ's civil rights division, who left in 1992, i can you tell that our area was absolutely stripped of the best talent, forced to retire, and were either never replaced, or replaced by people who had no qualification and/or interest in enforcing civil rights in this country. it became, outright, a place where folks dreaded to come to work, for fear of poltical decisions being made from above by people who did not have the intrest of the division in mind. i tried to hang on, but after 2 years, it became evident that no matter how much effort was made by myself or other individuals, the civil rights division was basically being put aside

    January 13, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Diana, NY

    Then why isn't he going to be prosecuted? I don't get it. You break the law you should be prosecuted. I'm sick of lip service when it comes to justice. Prosecute this man.

    January 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Jewel, VT

    Well, he was in the right administration to break the law. What else is new?

    January 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Jewel, Burlington, VT

    Well, he was in the right administration to break the law. What else is new?

    January 13, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. david goldman

    THE IN-JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD PUT

    SCHLOZMAN IN PRISON, WHERE HE BELONGS.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. MikeH

    He broke the law but will not be punished.

    Seems about right for a right-wing extremist under Bush.

    This case is one of but many instances where the machinery to set up a Right Wing Republican Facists Police State has been uncovered.

    Time is always on the side of truth. Eventually the facist machinations of the Republican extremists will come to light.

    I hope Obama puts laws into place to prevent this from happening again.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Anthony In Miami

    You can lie. Then get caught. Then have it blasted all over the news station. Little Johnny stole a candy bar because his mom lost her Job, and they have no food and he's going to jail for 10 years! But this guy can blatantly violate Federal Law and get caught and it's okay. After all, it's just a civil rights violation. Who really cares anymore about the rights of others. What a joke!

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Susan, Macedon New York

    More politicizing of the administration by Bush and his cronies. Didn't anyone tell these people (Civil rights AND the Justice Department) that people in this country are free to belong to whatever political party they choose and that it has NO effect on their work performance?

    Anyone who has been a victim of Schlozman should sue!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. MikeH

    This guy looks like someone who would enjoy torturing American citizens for their beliefs.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Kelcy

    "Our report concluded that Schlozman made false statements about whether he had considered political and ideological affiliations when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2007 and in his written responses to supplemental questions from the Committee."

    That`s called a lie. Don`t you get sent to prison for lying under oath? Was he not under oath when chatting with Congress? Martha got sent to jail not for insider trading but for lying so why is this not being prosecuted?

    Oh, I know. This is Republican overseeing Republican. Got it. Lying is okay for them.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. C W

    "We concluded that in doing so Schlozman violated federal law..."

    Why is he not being prosecuted? Just what credentials must a person have to be above the law? Dirt on the U.S. Attorney's Office for D.C.? A hefty political contribution? Being a "conservative Republican"?

    Inspector General Fine, you are doing a HUGE disservice to this nation by letting Schlozman and others like him get away with violating the law! Just what the heck is wrong with you?!?!?!?!?

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    That's okay. WE have role models like W and Chen ey. This should be okay.

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Matt

    Woah...check out the googly eyes on this freak...and you wonder that he was corrupt?

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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