January 13th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
12 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. obama-mama

    The problem is these people just get away with a slap on the wrist. If they're punished and fine I'm sure they would think about repeating their same mistakes. America a little too lax on folks that could use a good a__ whoopin.

    January 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Jon Davis

    "Bradley Schlozman...will not be prosecuted...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."

    And WHY won't this criminal be prosecuted?

    January 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Confused

    I don't understand.
    If I was a reporter and an IG report was released that concluded that somebody had broken the law but was not going to be prosecuted I would at least ask "why not?" and include it in the article.
    Come on CNN! Could you try to do some actual journalism instead of just transcribing whatever report is released by the government without any question?

    January 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    …and does anyone else find it ironic that the Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice was found guilty of using political affliation for a reason to push people out of their positions??

    January 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    He should be prosecuted. He certainly would not have held back if he had a case like this that featured Democrats!

    January 13, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Brad - California

    And the decision NOT to prosecute him is a big surprise? With all that Bush and his buddies have done, this stuff isn't even newsworthy. I just keep counting down the days until he's gone, and into obscurity as the president who sold off the expectations and the futures of all Americans.

    January 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Keith

    I think I'm gonna go rob, kill, rape and pillage in D.C. After all, even if the investigation shows im guilty, there will be no consequences! Heck, I may even commit perjury as it seems that isn't a big deal either!

    January 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Yet another Justice Department report decrying the actions of a republican, but for some 'unknown reason' doesn't prosecute the case.

    That would be because of the requirement to produce actual evidence rather than conjecture and hearsay...you know, the only thing that really matters in a court of law.

    Reminds me of the lunatic fringe that demands that Bush and Cheney be prosecuted for 'War Crimes'...what a joke!

    January 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Don't say that, wait few more days until Buh is out of the White House, that way he cant pardon these criminals.

    By the way, have you heard Bradley Schlozman talk, oh my god, another munchkin voice Republican wth no testostorone.

    January 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Richard,Orlando,FL

    Why can't CNN reporters tell us why he is not being prosecuted! I don't need to hear about another repuglican getting off scott free after !@#$@$ing over so many people. The 4th estate has failed again. What else is new!

    January 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. tony

    So if we do not prosecute when people violate the law, what is to deter future violations? You know it should not be up to individual officials to decide whom and when to prosecute, maybe everything should go before some kind of grtand jury ??
    Selective enforcement sucks.

    January 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. MK

    Watch how fast I go to jail if I lie to congress. Double standards.

    January 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. JS007

    Why is this guy getting off? What message does it send to future violators? No wonder the government is so corrupt. They knew they'd all get away with it. It does not bode well for the future.

    January 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Maybe the Justice Department should re-visit this after January 20th and then prosecute hiim. This is a flagrant "fox guarding the hen house" violation. This guy was supposed to be protecting Americans from the same type of actions he was conducting. If anyone ever deserved to be prosecuted, it's this guy.

    January 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. I am not surprised

    the Bush administration should all go to jail

    violating trust, mismanagement, funneling money to their friends through government contracts, suppression of rights

    I have no idea all the things that happened under Bush, I lived the nightmare and just want it over

    January 13, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Carlos

    Why is he not being prosecuted? He broke the law.

    January 13, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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