January 13, 2009 C-SPAN
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said the report confirms some of Democrats worst fears about the Bush administrations political corruption of the Justice Department. He was particularly disturbed about the findings in the report that he believed showed that Schlozman had lied under oath to Congress.
Lying to Congress undermines the very core of our constitutional principles and blunts the American peoples right to open and transparent government, Leahy stated. Not only did he lie to me and the committee, but he then refused to cooperate with Justice Departments internal oversight offices investigation into illegal hiring practices in the departments Civil Rights Division.