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?