Posted on May 14 2018
“[He] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself”
Colloquially known as a Whistleblower
Whistleblowers are protected...especially Federal Whistleblowers.
As previously discusssd in this State Department entry, here
Further discussed in this EPA Whistleblower entry here
The Department of Justice (DOJ)
🇷🇺Trump Loyalty Regime🇷🇺
Monica Goodling was a “political appointee” under Bush Administration. In 2006 several Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) were fired based on their “political or ideological” and/or sexual orientation. Essentially investigators concluded that Goodling, other high ranking DOJ officials and White House staffers conspired to effectively purge the DOJ. Specifically this Ultra Conservative Cabal targeted the division heads that handled the following: civil rights, public corruption, environmental crimes and other matters within the DOJ.
For the Department of Justice writ large, the Monica Goodling scandal had significant fallout. In 2008 the DOJ- Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) published a scathing and I mean scathing, 146 page report. Link to the DOJ-OIG interactive web report (the blue links will are hyperlinks) here
An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring
by Monica Goodling and
Other Staff in the Office of the Attorney General
Fun Spicy fact:
Ms. Goodling hired John Dowd and he prepped her for her 2007 Congressional Testimony. Ostensibly Ms Goodling’d testimony was a slow moving crushing train wreck. Bloop👇🏻
To give you a totality of what the DOJ-OIG investigated, Ms. Goodling written and oral testimony occurred AFTER: “a grant of immunity issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.” in her Testimony she categorized “DOJ hirings into three buckets”
“First, Goodling stated that “[i]n a very small number of cases
[regarding AUSAs], I believe that my decisions may have been influenced in part based on political considerations.”
“Second, Goodling stated that “[i]n some cases, I learned and
considered political information” when assessing career attorneys who
applied for temporary detail positions in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of the Associate Attorney General, the National Security Division, and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys...”
“Third, Goodling stated that “[i]n reviewing resumes and soliciting
applications [for immigration judges and Board of Immigration Appeals
members] . . . I sometimes took political considerations into account...Goodling added that Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson had told her that the Office of Legal Counsel had “provided guidance . . . indicating that Immigration Judge appointments were not subject to the civil service rules applicable to other career positions.”
I highly recommend you read this decade old DOJ-OIG report. It will provide you with a greater understanding of what’s happening in real time. George Santayana’s quote comes to mind:
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Our Country's history is complex but it’s also worth remembering—in doing so—this could — perhaps prevent us from making the same mistakes. Conversely, we have a president who time and time again, puts his own self interest ahead of our Country and betrays the oath of office he swore to. But then again that shouldn’t come as a surprise given he’s on his third wife, of which he apparently had multiple extramarital affairs. Link to DOJ-OIG 2008 Report, here
Lets be absolutely crystal clear; it’s unlawful for ANY government agency to engage in discriminatory employment practices based on political affiliation pursuant to 5 USC §2302(b)(1). Further it is also unlawful for any Agency Official to retaliate against an employee for being a whistleblower, pursuant to 5 USC §2302(b)(8).
Yet here we are. Nearly a decade later and sadly we onace again facing the very real prospect that our current Justice Department is:
engaging in unlawful hiring practices of immigration judges
🇺🇸 April 18, 2018 🇺🇸
Reps Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Don Beyer (D-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions. House Democrats on the Oversight & Judiciary Committees sought information about recent Whistleblower allegations. Their letter reads in part:
“We are writing to express our grave concern regarding allegations we have received from whistleblowers indicating that the Department of Justice may be using ideological and political considerations to improperly—and illegally—block the hiring of immigration judges and members of the Board of Immigration Appeals,” (emphasis added)
“These allegations are extremely troubling not only because they may violate federal law and repeat the mistakes of the past, but also because they further aggravate the critical need for more immigration judges and BIA officials to address the massive backlogs in immigration hearings across the country,”
Our offices recently received information alleging that the Department of Justice has targeted multiple candidates for immigration judge or BIA positions based on their perceived political or ideological views. These candidates reportedly have had their offers suspended or withdrawn due to these improper considerations,”
“We have confirmed that the Department has delayed multiple offers for these positions for unusually long amounts of time and, in one case, withdrew an offer with an explanation that raises suspicions about the actual motive for the withdrawal.”
🇺🇸May 8, 2018🇺🇸
Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary;. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Judiciary, and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA)
Sent a second letter to the DOJ-OIG urging them to investigate various whistleblower allegations. Specifically the unlawful “politicized hiring practices for immigration judges and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) positions.”...It’s been less than a month since lawmakers sent their April 2018 letter to Attorney General Session. In their orginal letter, lawmakers cited a “singular occurrence of an employment offer withdrawn. The May letter states multiple occurrences and it appears additional whistle blowers.. The May 8, 2018 Letter reads in part:
“Based on these whistleblower accounts, the Department may be improperly withholding or rescinding offers for these positions based on the perception that candidates hold political or ideological views that do not align with those of the Trump Administration,”
“In multiple cases, the Department appears to have withdrawn offers of employment with explanations that suggest a pretext for improper political motives.”
“We request that you conduct an independent investigation into these allegations of illegal hiring practices even as we continue to press for answers from the Department on this matter,
”Given your office’s important investigation a decade ago into politicized hiring at the Department and the seriousness of these strikingly similar allegations, we request that you give this matter immediate attention.”
And now that you’ve made it this far, here’s your delicious reward...in 2008, shortly after Monica Goodling’s Congressional Testimony, Michael Krempasky “popped the question and she saidl YES”...there’s a nugget in this Above the Law Article, here
In 2011 Ms. Goodling was formally and publicly reprimanded by the Virginia Bar for violating its code of conduct. See ABA Article, here
If you recall in late April 2018, RedState “purged” of Staff who were not “supportive enough of Trump”, see CNN’s Brian Stelzer here. Again I’m certain it’s 100% coincidential given that RedState is currently owned by Salem Media Group, but I thought the symmetry was, interesting...also from what I can tell Monica Goodling Krempasky had a very short stint at Carolla Media Strategies. History matters and it shouldn’t be ignored. Ever. -Spicy Out
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