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DOJ Job Applicants Questioned

Posted Aug 31, 2007 10:12 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Inspector General Glenn Fine has sent questionnaires to hundreds of Justice Department job applicants in an effort to learn if political considerations played a role in hiring and firing.

The questionnaires (PDF posted by the Washington Post) ask if the applicants were questioned about their party affiliation, campaign contributions, voting history and views on issues such as the death penalty, the Washington Post reports.

The revelation comes as Fine told senators in a letter yesterday that he is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave false or misleading testimony to Congress. He said the probe includes testimony about the firings of U.S. attorneys, hiring practices and a warrantless wiretap program.

Officials refused to say whether Gonzales’ resignation, announced on Monday, was related to Fine’s investigation.

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