The last place you’d expect “systemic” problems of misconduct – or serious problems dealing with it – would likely be someplace with “Justice” in its name.
Yet, that’s exactly what an inspector general found at the U.S. Department of Justice in recent years, as detailed in a scathing, scandalous report out this week.
One DOJ official was found to have groped two colleagues at a happy hour – after having previously been reprimanded for sending sexual emails to colleagues – and was “punished” with but a reprimand and a decrease in supervisory duties. No suspension, and no change in job grade or pay.
Perpetrators not only “got free passes,” as one female attorney put it, but as one news report notes, “Several attorneys in the civil division reportedly got performance awards after the complaints.” The groper referenced above was one of them.
Another attorney in his division was reprimanded, demoted and actually barred from a DOJ building – but kept his job – after he stalked a colleague, hacked her personal email account and created a fake online profile to interact with her.
And talk about widespread! “We’re talking about presidential appointees, political appointees, FBI special agents in charge, U.S. attorneys, wardens, a chief deputy U.S. marshal, a U.S. marshal assistant director, a deputy assistant attorney general,” the inspector general told The Washington Post.
At the Department of Justice?
The swamp is even more squalid than we knew.