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)
  1. nick

    I thought lying to congress was a crime. Lying resulted in Libby getting jail time and Clinton getting impeached. SO, what's with this guy getting off scott free?

    January 13, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Hate sells tickets

    Bradly was a bad boy.Now go to your corner for a moment.

    January 13, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. nick

    I hope some of those indivudals who were unfairly treated ,are now able to sue on the basis of their cival rights being violated.

    January 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Holly

    He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for violating federal law. No one is above the law. It's highly ironic that political idealogy set the tone in the civil rights division of the Justice department. The attitude of the Bush administration seemed to be, "Civil rights? What civil rights?" and even, "What ARE civil rights?"

    I hope the Obama administration goes after all the law violaters and war crimininals in the Bush administration – but that is probably the entire administration. This is a sad state of affairs.

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. mel

    broke the law – but not being punished – must be a repub

    January 13, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. law abiding citizen

    Why will this man not be prosecuted? He is dangerous to our democracy – charged with enforcing the law and choosing instead to violate it. If he and his colleagues get away with this, where is the deterrence? And more important, why should citizens have faith in government.

    If the people in charge do not respect the law, the rule of law is a fraud. Mr. Schlozman represents is the kind of thinking that has gotten us in the mess we're in today.

    The new administration will be doing the nation a disservice, if they let this man and other like him go unpunished in the name of unity.

    January 13, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Grog in Ohio

    What is it with the Bush DoJ that makes them think it is okay to find that someone broke the law but not bother to prosecute? Same nonsense with Gonzales and Goodling on the hiring?

    7 days till the end of the Bush administration

    January 13, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Tom

    Why is this criminal not being prosecuted?

    January 13, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Chris in MI

    They tell us he violated the law...but he's not going to be prosecuted.
    I wonder if he was ever not hired because he was Jewish...Does this guy still have his job?

    January 13, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. gradwrkout

    I don't understand, I suppose. Does the report detail why they think this? I don't for a second doubt that he did, I just find it strange that a court official can state officially what a person was thinking when he made a decision, as opposed to just stating the factors that went into the decision making process.

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Concerned Texan

    OK maybe I missed something here! What did he do out of the ordinary. Leave the guy alone, he was only doing what he knows to be right. That’s ok Mr. Schlozman, you can always come and run for Governor of Texas. 🙂

    January 13, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Veteran in Kansas

    So he lied to Congress and violated federal law, after all, no member of this administration could possibly violate the law, if they took action one way or the other it was the law, right.

    January 13, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. bernadette

    if he broke the law why won't they prosecute – especially if he lied under oath to congress? If I did that I would be in jail.

    January 13, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Mickie

    Of course he won't be prosecuted – what else is new. Only border guards who are doing their duty and average citizens are held accountable for even things they are not guilty of, or in the case of Guantanamo – even charged or tried for.

    January 13, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. California Gold

    Some more rot courtesy of President Bush. Civil Rights violations and perjury from the Civil Rights Division is just about as low as ya get. Another fine example of this Bush Presidency. Blech.

    January 13, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. D.Bolden

    Are you kidding me???? Then why do we have an inspector general in the 1st place. This is too much all for show. WOW unbelievable.

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Debby, NJ

    The Bush Administration should be prosecuted...all of them. This is a disgrace!!!

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Do we have two justice systems...........one for Republican criminals, and another for the rest of us?

    What the heck is going on here????

    January 13, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Charles

    The reason he isn't being proescuted is that Dumbya would just give him a pre-emptive pardon like he did Scooter Libby...

    January 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. jrzshor

    in government there is always that "one" person who is the linchpin to government frustrations, idiocy, meanness, bullying, and the infinite in triplicate bureaucracy.

    this is that one guy.

    January 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Paul C.

    How absurd. Can someone please explain why this man is not being
    prosecuted? His pay grade would indicate that he is expected to be knowledgeable and expected to enforce rules and laws. Apparently on Corporals and below are held accountable for their actions.

    January 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Jill American


    January 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. STF

    Are ALL republicans scumbags?

    January 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. legal in nc

    WHAAAAAA, What a bunch of babies.

    Now those same people know how Coleman feels.

    January 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Cori from Colorado

    I wonder why these criminals aren't being prosecuted, just like Madoff and the Ponzi scheme. What's wrong with our justice system? When human beings civil rights are violated, and millions of people are hurt by money laundering schemes, nothing happens to these criminals. How ridiculous! And our government keeps wondering why the American people keep losing faith in our government. Justice doesn't exist.

    January 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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