The politicizing of the Department of Justice under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder is one of the scandals of the administration’s first two years. Last week, the DOJ released a rather weird report on five U. S. Attorneys who stayed in hotels that were more expensive than generally permitted by Department guidelines between 2007 and 2009. The point of the report would be difficult to grasp without the additional information, readily supplied by reporters, that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was “U.S. Attorney C.” Sort of like Client Number 9, except that the total amount of Christie’s alleged budget-busting added up to a whopping $2,176. Most of this was because Christie stayed at hotels where he was to deliver a speech the next day.
The mystery of how such a report came to be released has apparently been solved by the Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has learned that the author behind the recent report from the Department of Justice that targeted five former U.S. attorneys for excessive travel expenses has had, according to our sources, a troubled history in the DOJ and attempted in the past to use her position to smear conservatives. …
The report’s author, Maura Lee, began her DOJ career in the civil rights division, but now works in the DOJ Office of Inspector General. Hans von Spakovsky, former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights, supervised Lee and told TheDC that he was “astonished” when he found out she was the author of the report.
According to von Spakovsky, Lee was “one of the most belligerent, unprofessional lawyers” he encountered during his time at the DOJ. “Because of her,” he said, “we had to completely change our security protocol.”
Another former senior DOJ official who asked not to be named confirmed Lee’s involvement in strategizing to leak information to the Washington Post, saying that she was not a trustworthy person and had major political motivations.
Von Spakovsky described one case where Lee was caught breaking into the e-mail of a colleague, Joshua Rogers, specifically because Rogers was conservative and Christian. “Lee was radically left. She made it plain that she didn’t like Rogers,” von Spakovsky said. …
“She was one of the most partisan career people I ever met,” von Spakovsky told The DC. So partisan, in fact, that he describes Lee as someone who would encourage other DOJ lawyers not to pursue cases so that the Bush administration would not be able to take credit for being progressive on voter and civil rights issues. …
According to another former DOJ employee who worked closely with Lee, Lee first got into trouble while working in the Voters Rights Division during the Bush administration. There, according to the former coworker, Lee was caught breaking into other employees’ e-mail accounts and spreading around personal information.
You get the picture. I assume that it takes more than the initiative of a single loose-cannon DOJ lawyer to publish an investigative report and coordinate with reporters to smear a popular Republican politician. Barack Obama and Eric Holder have done their best to turn the Department of Justice, America’s premier law enforcement agency, into an arm of the Democratic Party. Their crudeness in doing so is perhaps not unintentional, but may rather be intended to serve as a warning to anyone who might be thinking of opposing their left-wing agenda.