MORE MONICA….Our old friend Monica Goodling appears to be in further hot water:

The Justice Department is investigating whether its former White House liaison used political affiliation in deciding who to hire as entry-level prosecutors in U.S. attorneys’ offices around the country, The Associated Press has learned.

Doing so is a violation of federal law.

The inquiry involving Monica Goodling, the former counsel and White House liaison for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, raises new concerns that politics might have cast a shadow over the independence of trial prosecutors who enforce U.S. laws.

“Might have cast a shadow” indeed. I doubt that Goodling just up and asked applicants “Are you a registered Republican?” but one hardly needs to be so obvious anyway. “Who’s your favorite Supreme Court justice?” ought to do the trick, no?

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