The anonymous complaint named three female, minority lawyers whom Schlozman had transferred out of the appellate section (of African-American, Jewish, and Chinese ethnicity, respectively) for no apparent reason. And in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week in response to questions from senators, the Justice Department confirmed that all three had been transferred out by Schlozman -- and then transferred back in after Schlozman had left the Division.
Schlozman's boast about stuffing the appellate section with "good Americans" would not have been out of character, as even he admitted during questioning last week:
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): Did you ever boast to anyone that you hired a certain number of Republicans or conservatives for any division or section at the Justice Department?
Schlozman: I mean, I probably have made statements like that.
Despite such an admission, Schlozman insisted at the hearing that he had never -- as former Department aide Monica Goodling had admitted she had -- "crossed the line" and hired attorneys because of their political affiliation.
It's unclear if the Department's inspector general ever pursued the allegations from the December, 2005 letter at the time. But the office certainly is now. In a letter to the judiciary committee chairmen last month, Glenn Fine and Office of Professional Responsibility counsel Marshall Jarrett announced that their joint probe into the U.S. attorney firings had been expanded to include hiring practices in the Civil Rights Division. Schlozman has been accused of recruiting Republicans for career spots and then asking them to scrub mentions of their GOP bona fides from their resumes.