Yesterday, the White House decided to remove Special Counsel Scott Bloch. And GAP is pretty happy about it. From the Washington Post:
The OSC is supposed to be a haven for federal whistleblowers and disgruntled employees. But the tables turned under Bloch, who previously worked at the Justice Department's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Bloch came under fire shortly after joining the whistleblower unit in 2004. Employees claimed that he engaged in political bias and improperly handled scores of cases. By his own account, White House officials twice had asked him to resign, but he refused.
Said GAP Legal Director Tom Devine: “Mr. Bloch had the same impact as Special Counsel that President Bush has had as President – utter disaster.”
GAP has been a persistent critic of Bloch during his tenure at the Office of Special Counsel. To read GAP’s detailed testimony on this issue from a July 12, 2007 oversight hearing on the office, click here.
-- Dylan Blaylock