Report Says Former Aides Broke Law in Hiring Scandal

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation at a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Washington (AP) A new Justice Department report finds that aides to former attorney general Alberto Gonzales illegally discriminated against job applicants who weren't republican or conservative loyalists.

The report concludes that politics illegally influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges.

The 140-page report says Democrats were weeded out and that former White House liaison Monica Goodling also rejected at least one applicant who was rumored to be a lesbian.

Investigators say Gonzales was largely unaware of the hiring decisions by two of his most trusted aides.

The report singles out Goodling for violating federal law. It does not say whether she or another former Gonzales aide, then-chief of staff Kyle Sampson, could face any charges. But investigators say that Goodling, at least, could lose her law license.

The man who replaced Gonzales, attorney general Michael Mukasey, said he is “disturbed” by the findings.