DOJ: Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Broke Federal Law

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June 24, 2008 2:42 p.m.

In today’s report on bias in hiring practices at the Department of Justice, the Office of the Inspector General found Michael Elston “violated federal law” by deselecting candidates based on their liberal affiliations:

As explained below, we concluded that Elston violated federal law and Department policy by deselecting candidates based on their liberal affiliations. First, the data analysis indicates that highly qualified candidates with liberal or Democratic Party affiliations were deselected at a much higher rate than highly qualified candidates with conservative or Republican Party affiliations. Second, Elston admitted that he may have deselected candidates in a few instances due to their affiliations with certain liberal causes.

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