DoJ vs Monica

Brian Zick

Paul Kiel at TPM Muckraker comments on the disagreement between Justice Department officials and Monica Goodling, about whether she had explicit permission to consider partisan affiliation in the hiring of immigration judges, reported by Richard Schmitt, for the LA Times: Justice Department officials said no such opinion existed.They also denied Goodling's assertion that the hiring of immigration judges had been frozen after the department's civil division raised concerns about using a political litmus test."There is no disagreement within the department, including between the civil division and the Office of Legal Counsel, about whether the civil service laws apply to the appointment of immigration judges," said Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman. "They do apply." Marty Lederman at Balkinization wonders what's up with the whole new business of immigration judges: Something is happening here, but we don't don't what it is. Goodling obviously knew that her conduct in this regard was dubious, and testified about it even though no one had raised any question about it previously, so as to ensure that her immunity would extend to this episode, as well. (She was very well-advised by John Dowd.)

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