Glenn A. Fine Steps Down as DOJ Inspector General

New York Times Editorial Praises Fine's Tenure as IG
The New York Times

Justice and the I.G.

The Department of Justice’s inspector general, Glenn Fine, stepped down on Friday after a decade of pushing to clean up and depoliticize a hyperpoliticized department. He will be missed.

Mr. Fine’s best-known efforts came in 2008 when he documented the George W. Bush administration’s politically driven firings of four United States attorneys and its politically driven hirings (breaking the civil service law) of scores of civil servants at the Civil Rights Division. Last year, he continued to detail the F.B.I.’s widespread misuse since 2001 of “exigent letters” to get phone records and the “failure” by “the most senior” F.B.I. officials to resolve the problem.

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