This is interesting. I've been following the vagaries of Scott Bloch, particularly the way he stripped the last draft his OSC's report on Lurita Doan's violation of the Hatch Act of the recommendation she should be fired, and the way he suggested that a Rove-Jennings political presentation only counts as a Hatch Act violation if someone is as stupid as Lurita Doan to explicitly call for suggestions on how to "help our candidates."
Well, after much haranguing from Doan's lawyers, it looks like Bloch decided, in the end, to throw George Bush's book at her. In a letter to Bush, Bloch suggests that Doan be disciplined most harshly, though it's unclear whether he resuscitated the language of termination that was in the second-to-last draft of the report itself.
In a sternly written letter dated last Friday and obtained by CongressDaily, Special Counsel Scott Bloch advised the president that Doan should “be disciplined to the fullest extent for her serious violation of the Hatch Act.”
Under administrative statute, the “fullest extent” for a political appointee such as Doan is termination.
“Despite engaging in the most pernicious of political activity prohibited by the Hatch Act, Administrator Doan has shown no remorse and lacks an appreciation for the seriousness of her violation,” Bloch wrote Bush, referring to the law barring executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activity.
Because Doan is a political appointee and serves at the pleasure of the president, it is up to Bush to decide how to respond to Bloch’s recommendation, including ignoring it altogether. Bloch’s letter did not include a request for additional information or a formal response. The White House did not respond to calls for comment at presstime.
I especially like how this letter, like the last two drafts of the report, was somehow liberated, in this case to CongressDaily. Which would suggest to me that Bloch believes Bush is going to need some pressure to make the precedent-setting (in the case of, say, Rove or Schlozman who also committed Hatch Act violations) decision to fire her.