Staffing the Justice Department:

“The objective in staffing is never to assemble the best possible team. It is to assemble the best possible team that supports the president.”

   – an unnamed former Bush Administration official, explaining why the White House vetoed some of Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s staff picks and why Comey himself “has erred too much on the side of neutrality and independence” to be named Attorney General if Bush is reelected. As quoted in Vanessa Blum, “For Next AG, Don’t Look to Deputy,” Legal Times, October 18, 2004.

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