Monica "Loyalty oaths" Goodling comes up again in an investigation of the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) into whether she used party affiliation in determining hires of entry level prosecutors. Did she? Given Gonzales‚ March 1, 2006 order delegating hiring authority to her and her role in the US attorney hiring and firing scandal, the answer is obvious.
A July 28, 2008 report by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility found that Monica Goodling had used political considerations in violation of federal law and departmental policy in hiring decisions in a wide range of non-political career positions including Immigration Judges, Assistant US Attorneys, and detaillees to various offices at main Justice. Kyle Sampson and Goodling’s predecessors as White House liaison Susan Richmond and Jan Williams were also found to have been involved in political selections for non-political positions. The report concluded with the now familiar refrain that although they had broken the law since they were no longer with the DOJ no action could be taken against them but the report’s findings should be used for any future position they might have with the DOJ. On August 12, 2008, Attorney General Michael Mukasey in a speech to the ABA in New York reiterated that there would be no prosecutions for these political hires: “not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime,” especially if you are a Republican.