Annals of Notable Missourians: John Ashcroft


The spectacular resignation last fall of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales overshadowed the odiousness of his predecessor, John Ashcroft. According to some revisionist theories, Gonzales actually made Ashcroft look good – as if Ashcroft hadn’t been the one to initiate the Bush administration’s decimation of the Constitution.

Yesterday, the Justice Department released an internal investigation revealing that – surprise! – attorneys applying for jobs there had been “deselected” based on their political affiliations. In other words, starting in 2002, under Ashcroft, the Justice Department broke the law.

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