The DoJ has released a report [PDF] dealing with (among other things) the politicization of hiring practices in the department. No offense to the investigators or anything, but it doesn’t sound like it was exactly hard to sniff out:
On March 26, 2004, Rosenberg sent an e-mail to Comey and Levey identifying a detail candidate for a Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General position… Levey responded that he thought the detailee candidate was very good. Comey noted that the candidate’s supervisor in the HSC “raved about her,” and agreed that she should be interviewed. … Richmond forwarded Rosenberg’s e-mail to Jan Williams in the White House, asking Williams if she could find out who the candidate was and if she was a “viable option.” Less than a minute later Williams replied, “She is a D.”
On May 10, 2004, Rosenberg sent an e-mail to Comey and Levey stating that Richmond said she had asked about the detailee candidate and the answer was a “firm no.”
I confess I had been less aware of the gleeful affirmative action process for conservatives in the DoJ. (Someone tell Brietbart!):
On May 17, 2005, Williams received an e-mail from the White House Office of Political Affairs addressed to White House Liaisons in agencies throughout the executive branch. The e-mail urged the White House Liaisons to “get creative” and find positions for more than 100 “priority candidates” who “have loyally served the President.” The White House also sought from each White House Liaison a “pledge of the
number of the 108 priority candidates you can place at your agency.” In a follow-up e-mail, the White House reiterated that “we simply want to place as many of our Bush loyalists as possible.” The context of the e-
mails made plain that the positions sought were political, non-career slots. On May 19, 2005, Williams responded: “We pledge 7 slots within 40 days and 40 nights. Let the games begin!”
It’s like rush!