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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