Democrats attacked the Bush administration's management of the Justice Department from the beginning of his first term. Aided by the press, the Dems got lots of mileage out of supposed wrongdoing by Bush's political appointees in the DOJ. Just before the Eric Holder confirmation hearings, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, himself a political appointee in the Clinton administration, released a report on the supposed "illegal" political hiring at the Civil Rights Division of George W. Bush's Department of Justice.
According to Hans A. von Spakovsky, a career lawyer in the Civil Rights Division for 4 years, the report is a typical liberal hatchet job that combines outright lies with innuendo, while ignoring real misdeeds by Democratic appointees and CRD staff. It's a depressing but interesting read for anyone who wants to understand what's going on there.