Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY….From Attorney General Michael Mukasey, defending his decision not to pursue criminal charges against former employees who politicized the hiring of career lawyers in the Justice Department:

“Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime.”

I imagine a lot of people are relieved to hear this.

UPDATE: This quote is really too good to take down, but several commenters have suggested that even the deliberate and repeated violation of civil service hiring rules is not, in fact, a crime. It’s a tort. So Monica Goodling & Co. might be open to civil suits, but not to criminal prosecution.

Maybe so. I guess we need some expert opinion on this. Still, it’s kind of funny to take the Fifth Amendment if you don’t think you’ve committed any crimes, isn’t it?