One of the little bits of fallout from the U.S. attorney purge scandal is that we’re finding out what kind of mindset there is in the Department of Justice. To wit: Bradley Scholzman, who was the senior political appointee in the Civil Rights Division, used his good office to purge the appeallate section of the DOJ of Democratic appointees and replace them with “good Americans.”
“Bradley J. Schlozman is systematically attempting to purge all Civil Rights appellate attorneys hired under Democratic administrations,” the lawyer wrote, saying that he appeared to be “targeting minority women lawyers” in the section and was replacing them with “white, invariably Christian men.” The lawyer also alleged that “Schlozman told one recently hired attorney that it was his intention to drive these attorneys out of the Appellate Section so that he could replace them with ‘good Americans.'”
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.
And Mr. Scholzman, in testimony before the Senate, not only admitted to that kind of mindset, but didn’t seem too ashamed of it, either.
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.
You can practically hear the “What’s it to ya?” after that.
This reminds me of that testy little exchange Karl Rove had at the White House Correspondents Dinner with Sheryl Crow when she told him, “You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.” and Mr. Rove replied, “I don’t work for you, I work for the American people.” Yeah, as long as they’re rich white Anglo-Saxon Protestant straight people. That’s their idea of a “good American.”
I’m not sure which is more amazing: the outright bigotry in Mr. Scholzman’s view of how the world works, or the stunning irony that this was happening in the Civil Rights Division. Or, as Hughes for America says:
I don’t know what’s worse: Schlozman’s bigotry, or the idea that he thought he knew who was and wasn’t a “good American”. Hey, Bradley, let me make this easy for you. You’re not a good American.
Besides, Bradley, as Archie Bunker would have told you, the really good lawyers in this country are Jews.
(HT to Melissa.)