Today the U.S. Attorney General told the American Bar Association at their annual meeting, "not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime. In this instance, the two joint reports found only violations of the civil service laws."
He was referring to improper political considerations in hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers by the Justice Department.
He said the federal government makes a distinction between "career" and "political" appointees, and it's a violation of civil service laws and Justice Department policy to hire career employees on the basis of political affiliation of allegiance.
An internal investigation concluded last month that for nearly two years, top advisers to former A.G. Alberto Gonzales discriminated against applicants for career jobs who weren't Republican of conservative loyalists.
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