Back in 2006, I
about the Bush administration's plans to stock the Justice Department with movement conservatives, based on
earlier reporting by Charlie Savage
. The Inspector General's office has now issued a
arguing that the administration systematically and illegally used ideological and political allegiances to decide which law-school graduates it would hire in the Department of Justice's honors program and summer internships, which are often stepping stones to permanent jobs.
Much of what I had to say in 2006 is still relevant today to understanding what is going on here.