Eric Holder’s Justice Department rocked by nepotism charges

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

Head of Interpol unit hired son, friends

By Phillip Swarts
The Washington Times
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The head of a Justice Department law enforcement office used his position to secure a job for his son and other relatives, the agency’s internal watchdog said Wednesday.

The head of the department’s branch of the International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, told employees to “earmark a spot” for his son and “provide extra attention to his processing for obvious reasons,” said the department’s inspector general.

It’s not the first example of nepotism at Eric Holder’s Justice Department. A November investigation by the inspector general found that certain offices in the department had a “pervasive culture of nepotism and favoritism.” It’s at least the fifth inspector general report since 2004 to find hiring problems at the agency.

In a report last year focused on the Executive Office for Immigration Review, investigators found the environment of managers hiring their children and friends was so pervasive that it “infected the entire organization from the highest levels down.”

In the Interpol division, the executive director, Warren Lewis, also abused his position to help three people with connections to his son obtain jobs at the agency — even though he had never personally met two of them, investigators said.

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