Ellison didn’t grill Mukasey about Paulose

Thursday morning, I reported that U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., planned to ask Attorney General Michael Mukasey about Rachel Paulose’s tenure as U.S. attorney for Minnesota, how it ended, Paulose’s new job with the Justice Department and the status of ongoing investigations into Paulose’s conduct in Minnesota.

The Judiciary oversight hearing at which Ellison planned to raise these questions is over and Ellison wasn’t available when his turn came. Ellison will submit his questions in writing, but it’s less likely now that he will get a response.

Last week, MinnPost revealed that the federal Office of Special Counsel had complained to Mukasey that the Justice Department had stonewalled an investigation into Paulose’s alleged mismanagement of the Minnesota office.

Ellison had planned to ask Mukasey for his response to the letter from the special counsel, and about the nature of Paulose’s new job as counselor to the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy, and how she came to get that job.

The Office of Special Counsel, which investigates improper personnel practices and whistleblower issues, has an ongoing investigation into the allegations.

If you’re a newcomer to the Paulose saga, this link will catch you up.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/07/2008 - 01:19 pm.

    Good luck, Keith.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 02/07/2008 - 05:53 pm.

    Thanks Eric. I wondered how you could go a whole week without criticizing a conservative Christian woman. Can’t you get any new material now that you aren’t with a major newspaper? And what is she accused of? Oh yeah, she was a lousy manager. Burn the witch!

    God bless you Rachel! Don’t let the liberal haters get you down.

  3. Submitted by David Brauer on 02/07/2008 - 06:06 pm.

    He wasn’t available?

    What was he doing instead?

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/08/2008 - 10:48 am.

    What was he doing instead?
    Probably something more productive.
    Mukasy has made it clear that the Justice Department will not investigate itself, and (unlike his predecessor) he’s much too good a lawyer to be pinned down in the time that he has left.

    The point has been made — time to move on.
    Paulose was small beer — now she’s gone.

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