A new report shows that Justice Department lawyers committed hundreds of ethics infractions ranging from recklessness to misconduct.
Now a bipartisan group of senators is supporting a bill that would empower the inspector general to conduct an investigation, NPR reports.
The senators want to bypass the traditional route – using the Office of Professional Responsibility, which reports to the Attorney General and has been criticized for being too secretive.
“Current law invites undue influence from the Attorney General’s office into the process and should be changed to ensure the integrity of investigations of misconduct within the Justice Department,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in a prepared statement.
The bill would give the inspect general limitless jurisdiction.
Some of the cases involve intentionally misleading courts.
Posted: March 14th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, DOJ, ethics infractions, Inspector General, investigation, misconduct, Office of Professional Responsibility, recklessness