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May 31, 2007

Honorable Glenn A. Fine


Inspector General
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 4706
Washington, DC 20530

Honorable H. Marshall Jarrett


Office of Professional Responsibility, Counsel
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Mr. Fine and Mr. Jarrett:

In a May 30, 2007 letter to Senators Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter, you informed the
Senators that you were expanding the scope of your joint ongoing investigation, initiated last
March, into issues related to the removal of U.S. Attorneys.

According to the letter, your investigation will now include allegations “regarding
improper political or other considerations in hiring decisions within the Department of Justice
(DOJ).” The letter specifically states that you will investigate allegations “regarding Monica
Goodling’s and others’ actions in DOJ hiring and personnel decisions; allegations concerning
hiring for the DOJ Honors Program and Summer Law Intern program; and allegations
concerning hiring practices in the DOJ Civil Rights Division.”

Democracy 21 believes that it is essential that your investigation into these extremely
serious matters also includes an investigation into whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,
or any other high ranking Justice Department officials, were aware of, or should have been aware
of, any improper practices that may have occurred in the “hiring and personnel decisions” and
“hiring practices” you are investigating.

Democracy 21 calls on you to specifically investigate and determine whether Attorney


General Gonzales or any other high ranking Justice Department officials acted improperly or
failed to take proper action with regard to the “hiring and personnel decisions” and “hiring
practices” you are investigating. We also call on you to recommend appropriate sanctions in the
event that any such improper actions or failures to take proper action occurred.
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We further believe that is essential as part of your investigation to investigate and


determine whether White House staff members had any involvement in any improper Justice
Department “hiring and personnel decisions” and “hiring practices” that may have occurred.

The issues involved in your investigation go to the heart of the integrity of the Justice
Department and of our federal law enforcement system.

James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General in the Bush Administration, made this
clear in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2007. In discussing
allegations that improper political considerations were brought to bear on hiring decisions by the
Justice Department involving assistant U.S Attorneys, Mr. Comey stated:

That is the most, in my view, the most serious thing I have heard come up in this
entire controversy. If that was going on, that strikes at the core of what the
Department of Justice is. You just cannot do that. You can’t hire assistant United
States attorneys based on political affiliation. It deprives the department of its
lifeblood, which is the ability to stand up and have juries of all stripes believe
what you say and have sheriffs and judges and jailers — the people we deal with
— trust the Department of Justice.

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 23, 2007, Monica Goodling,
former White House liaison for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, stated that she “may have
gone too far in asking political questions of applicants for career positions and may have taken
inappropriate political considerations into account on some occasions.” She testified, “I believe I
crossed the line….”

As part of your investigation, you need to determine whether Attorney General Gonzales
or any other high ranking Justice Department officials also “crossed the line,” and whether they
engaged in any improper practices or failed to take proper action with regard to the “hiring and
personnel decisions” and “hiring practices” you are investigating.

Sincerely,

Fred Wertheimer
President
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