January 13th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
9 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)


    January 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. J.L.

    No surprising. Pretty much verifying the MO of the Bush Administration in general. Although, I don't understand why, if Schlozman blatantly violated, he isn't being prosecuted.

    January 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Bill

    Was every single member of the Bush Administration from top to bottom an inept criminal? Seriously. And who made the decision not to prosecute? Was it a corrupt Bush appointee?

    January 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Ron Martin

    So, it's concluded that he's violated federal hiring laws and lied to Congress. AND he's not going to be punished for it. Of what value are those laws, then?
    ron martin, virginia

    January 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Roll Back The Clock

    Shocking that under the Bush administration, which claims to be so bias neutral, that 8 years worth of idealogical employees have been stashed in LIFETIME jobs within Civil Rights division.

    This man should be prosecuted because the negative impact that he has had on the lives of millions through his actions is very large.

    How do we undo this damage?

    January 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Richie

    Oh, of course he won't be prosecuted. He's above the law. He probably got the decider his job.

    January 13, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    Another Bushie that should go to jail.

    January 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Michael, Houston Texas

    Are you kidding me? The head guy in the civil rights division, violated others civil rights?????? And he commited perjury????? Wow, he must have some very powerful friends to escape jail time for that.

    January 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. mary

    Why is Palin addressing these lies? Doesn't she have anything better to do. If it is untrue, do not give credibility to it by appearing on TV. I think she is a mediaholic and loves the limelight. Your 15 minutes is up Palin. Go away

    January 13, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. William

    "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."

    Why am I not suprised? These tastics are very much what the consevatives are all about, CONTROL.

    Doesn't any of them realize that right wing ideology is what gave birth to facism and nazism?

    January 13, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Repuges are sore loosers

    This is exactley why we call the Republicans right wing nuts!!!!!!!!
    Thes people are living in a dimension where they are the judge and the jury, they are right and everyone who disagree's with hem are wrong.I believe they should be placed on an island in the middle of no where and left to eat each other alive. What a bunch of racist, self righteous pigs!

    January 13, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX


    January 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Humored in Texas

    A Republican tried to punish Liberals during the Bush Administration?

    Are you kidding?!?!?!?!?!

    January 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Jeff

    What, not being prosecuted? He broke the law. It's a simple as that. If you or I broke the law, we would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Do the rich and well-connected have a different set of rules that they can play by?

    January 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Republican from Texas

    so what is the reasoning behind not prosecuting him? That is the story I want reported.

    I am tired of criminal acts being washed away. We need to make it clear that these laws are for real and that violations are painful.

    January 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. rhoward

    What's the point in investigating incidents like this if you're not going to prosecute if wrongdoing is found?

    January 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. William of Tennessee

    Outrageous! The person appointed to oversee the administration of Civil Rights has broken that very law, and, incidentally, lied to Congress about it, but isn't facing prosecution! Is there any law the last administration didn't break?

    Your new story, CNN, is to get the reason from the U.S. Attorney's office for not prosecuting this egregious criminal act. I really want to hear this.

    I trust the incoming administration will be replacing D.C. U.S. Attorneys and that the new ones will bring charges against Schlozman to the fullest extent of the law. Congress can do the same without U.S. Attorneys for perjury. Lying to Congress is 10 years I think.

    January 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Rick


    January 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    ya god forbid this guy should be held ACCOUNTABLE for his illegal actions.... what a joke

    January 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Craig Nazor

    He should be prosecuted. No one should be above the law. To not prosecute him is to encourage this to happen again and again...
    the American people deserve better!

    January 13, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. carol

    One more getting away with it!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Henry

    This Bradley Schlozman beast is the poster child of the Republican Party. I am convinced that the Republican Party is a collection of people wo are against things (gay rights, immigrants, civil rights, privacy) rather than for the people. I hope that this party continues to self-destruct. and that we, as a people, learn our lesson. This disfunctional party is great at getting elected but has not one idea on how to govern.

    When the current administration thankfully ends in a week, we will hopefully get a full view of the damage these morons have done to our nations. Let us put this terrible period in our history behind us and use this administration as an example of where NEVER to go again.

    January 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Geoff

    Third-world politics.

    January 13, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Matt

    Lock him up!!! Someone fire that prosecutor who decided not to get this guy.

    January 13, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. brenda

    just give the dems a chance to do the same thing and you bet it will most certainly happen. only difference is that they wont get caught.

    January 13, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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