Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rove Republican Pleads Guilty

As the walls come tumbling down on the eight years of the political control of  the U.S. Department of Justice, the Rove Republican Racket is getting a taste of justice.

Meet Scott  Bloch (pictured), a top lieutenant in the Rove-Bush-Cheney Administration who spearheaded the U.S. Department of Justice's Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. According to the Main Justice blog, Bloch later headed U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an agency that protects federal government whistleblowers and gives advice related to the Hatch Act, which regulates the political activities of federal employees.

Yesterday, Bloch plead guilty to charges of obstructing justice. The Washington Post reports: 
The government's former top protector of whistle-blowers has pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress about his decision to have several government computers wiped clean of information. Scott Bloch, the ex-head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel during much of the administration of President George W. Bush, faces a maximum yearlong prison term following Tuesday's plea before a federal magistrate. Bloch came under heavy criticism shortly after taking office in 2004, in part for closing hundreds of whistle-blower cases allegedly without investigating them. In 2008, the FBI raided Bloch's office and home amid allegations that he destroyed evidence and potentially lied to Congress during an Office of Personnel Management investigation of his conduct.