Democrats criticized the Bush administration for “politicizing” the Justice Department, a claim that was almost entirely false. Already, however, there are signs that Barack Obama and Eric Holder intend to do exactly what they accused the Bush administration, falsely, of doing. The latest comes from Hans von Spakovsky at The Corner, who has come into possession of an email to DOJ employees:
But an e-mail and flyer recently circulated to Justice Department employees indicate Attorney General Holder has an interesting definition of what it means to be “less political.” The flyer invites all employees to attend a speech in the main Justice building on Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, it notes, all “[s]upervisors are encouraged to grant official time to employees to attend this event.”
And what pillar of the legal profession will be lecturing Justice employees to help them “serve justice” in a “less political” way? Why, none other than Donna Brazile, whose own website biography describes her as a “[v]eteran Democratic political strategist” and a Vice Chairman at the Democratic National Committee.”
Brazile was also Al Gore’s campaign manager. Maybe she will give a non-political lecture on Bush vs. Gore.
We’ll know that Holder really intends to run a non-political Justice Department if his next invitee is Karl Rove.