Could there be a silver lining to Michael Mukasey’s ascension to the helm of the Justice Department?
One group eager to work with Mukasey on some internal changes is DOJ Pride, the organization representing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. Under Gonzales and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, the group was barred from using the department’s Great Hall for annual ceremonies. The group wrote to Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., about DOJ’s refusal to post the group’s fliers on bulletin boards or allow internal e-mail messages announcing their events. Under questioning by Feingold, Mukasey said he didn’t understand the reasons for such treatment and pledged to end it once in office.