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November 16, 2010

IG Lawyer Who Wrote Christie Travel Budget Hit Has History of Vicious Partisanship, Including Breaking Into Coworkers' Emails to Leak Derogatory Personal Information to the Press

First of all: I had no idea how much Christie exceeded his travel budget by. Did you? Okay, maybe you did. If you didn't, he spent $2000 more than his budget allowed, average, for 23 trips, for a total of $46,000.

Wait a minute, no he didn't; he spent $2000 extra total over those 23 trips, for an average excess charge of.... I can't even do the math. Like $90 per trip.

But fine, he went overbudget by $2000 over his career. Okay, you got your man, sheriff.

And who wrote this report?

“She was one of the most partisan career people I ever met,” von Spakovsky [a former counsel to Bush's AG] told TheDC. So partisan, in fact, that he describes Lee as someone who would encourage other DOJ lawyers not to pursue cases so that the Bush administration would not be able to take credit for being progressive on voter and civil rights issues.

Lefties allowing civil rights violations to take keep a conservative from claiming credit?

Wait, it gets worse.

When asked, von Spakovsky said Lee is “so biased, there is no way she could investigate and write an objective report. I can’t imagine anyone more inappropriate to be working on this kind of report in the IG office.”

According to another former DOJ employee who worked closely with Lee, Lee first got into trouble while working in the Voters Rights Division during the Bush administration. There, according to the former coworker, Lee was caught breaking into other employees’ e-mail accounts and spreading around personal information.

The former coworker also alleges that Lee sent out e-mails to the more “left-leaning DOJ employees,” suggesting that they leak sensitive information to the Washington Post. According to this former DOJ employee, once Lee was found out, the entire security system within the Voters Rights Division had to be revamped.

Not only that, but according to this source, Lee’s superiors – including von Spakovsky – were authorized by the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility to search her e-mails. They found evidence of Lee’s attempts to leak information to the Washington Post on, among other things, the Texas redistricting issue in 2005 when a handful of DOJ attorneys argued the new plan was unconstitutional because it unfairly favored Republicans.

It gets a little worse. Daily Caller can't confirm it, apparently, but drops a big "hmmm" suggestion: It turns out that Lee's "report" here was almost exactly identical to accusations leveled against Christie in his 2009 gubernatorial election, strongly suggesting that Lee leaked the phoney-baloney charges to the press and/or his opponents and/or Democrat operatives generally.

Ms. Lee? Darryl Issa would like to ask you a few questions...

I really want to hear more about her telling coworkers to allow people's (minorities') civil rights to continue to be violated just to gin up minority anger about that. I really, really want to hear about that.

Thanks to Dr. Spank.


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