Allegations against a Wichita attorney reflect how the Bush administration put ideology above competence and even the law. According to a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Bradley Schlozman, a former top department official now living in Wichita, violated federal law by considering politics and ideology as factors in hiring and transferring career attorneys. This is especially galling given that Schlozman’s job was to enforce federal laws prohibiting discrimination. But according to the inspector general, he unlawfully discriminated against qualified job applicants – and then lied to Congress about it.
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