The DOJ released a 140-page report today detailing its investigation into its improper hiring practices. Legal Pad's favorite part, so far: Jan Williams, who preceded (and trained) Monica Goodling as the White House Liason to the DOJ, was asked about the Lexis Nexis search string she and possibly others used to plumb the political leanings of candidates for various posts.
Williams told the DOJ investigators that she'd never used the "search string" in vetting DOJ candidates, but her handing-the-reins-over email to Goodling stated "This is the lexis nexis search string that I use for AG appointments.”
The string, which summarizes (neatly if depressingly) our recent political history, reads as follows: [first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!
The report concluded, among other things, that Goodling and Williams violated federal law, that Williams lied to investigators, and that Goodling committed misconduct.
— Greg Mitchell