Monday, September 24, 2007

Attorneygate: Rachel Paulose Investigated for Racism, etc.

Is it just me, or is racism breaking out all over the country? The U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, Rachel Paulose is under investigation for castigating one of her employees with terms such as: "fat," "black," "lazy" and "ass."

If you think this U.S. Attorney sounds like someone who was handpicked by the Gonzales Justice Department, well, gee, how did you guess? Paulose is a former special assistant to Alberto Gonzales and one of Monica Goodling's best friends. Is there any other way to get a job in the Bush Administration?

Paulose was one of more than a dozen Bush administration insiders who were appointed to U.S. attorney posts under Gonzales. Her predecessor, veteran prosecutor Thomas B. Heffelfinger, had been identified as a potential firing candidate by senior Justice aides, but he resigned on his own in early 2006 and said he never knew he had been targeted. . . Former Gonzales aide Monica M. Goodling testified at the House Judiciary Committee in May that Paulose's conservative credentials were one reason that she was appointed as interim U.S. attorney in early 2006 instead of another candidate.

The alleged racist is also under investigation for some other crimes:

The federal Office of Special Counsel is looking into allegations that she “mishandled classified information, decided to fire the subordinate who called it to her attention, retaliated against others in the office who crossed her, and made racist remarks about one employee.”

And the Bush Administration just keeps on imploding. [via]