OK, but there was no litmus test for janitors, right?

Internal probe expands to cover allegations of politics in hiring throughout the Justice Department.

Published May 30, 2007 5:49PM (EDT)

Three weeks after Alberto Gonzales declared that it's time to move past the U.S. attorney scandal, the Justice Department's inspector general and Office of Professional Responsibility say they're doing just that -- but not in the way Gonzales might have liked.

In a letter to Sens. Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter, the Justice Department's Glenn Fine and H. Marshall Jarrett say they're expanding their ongoing investigation into the firing of federal prosecutors last year to include allegations that "improper political or other considerations" were used to make all sorts of hiring decisions for the department.

Among the issues Fine and Jarrett say they'll 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."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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