One interesting thing about DOJ's IG's expansion of the investigation into political hirings at DOJ is that Fine appears to suspect that Kyle Sampson may have been asking political questions of career employees, as well as Monica Goodling (and two other OAG employees). That's interesting because Sampson testified, under oath, that he was not aware of any such questioning.
Here's the Schumer questioning that first alerted me, back in March, to the possibility that Goodling had politicized the hiring process.
SCHUMER: Are you aware of whether anyone at DOJ who has -- whether anyone at DOJ has asked applicants for career positions, not political positions, line positions -- questions about any of the following: their support for the president?
SAMPSON: I'm not aware of that.
SCHUMER: How they voted in any election?
SAMPSON: I don't remember. I did not participate in career hires. And I'm not aware of people doing that.
SCHUMER: You're not aware -- that's my question: Were you aware of anyone doing that?
SAMPSON: Let me be precise. I don't remember ever being aware of anything like that.
SCHUMER: OK -- whether they were registered Democrats or Republicans?
SAMPSON: I don't remember being aware of anything like that.
SCHUMER: OK -- and what their political leanings were?
SAMPSON: I don't remember anything -- I don't remember anything like that.
SCHUMER: OK. So you have no knowledge if such questions were ever asked of line-level assistant U.S. attorney applicants?
SAMPSON: Senator, I don't have any recollection of anything like that. I was not -- did not participate in the hiring of assistant U.S. attorneys.
SCHUMER: Would it be appropriate to ask such questions?
SAMPSON: I understand that assistant U.S. attorneys are career employees, and so it would not be appropriate.
SCHUMER: Thank you.
Let me just ask you a couple more on this. Did you know whether Ms. Goodling or anyone else asked such questions?
Well, let's ask -- Ms. Goodling -- so you have no knowledge that Ms. Goodling asked such questions of such people?
SAMPSON: Of career...
SCHUMER: Career, correct.
SAMPSON: ... applicants -- I don't remember any questions like that, that she would ask.
Of course, Sampson very quickly substituted, "I don't remember ever being aware of anything like that," for his, "I'm not aware of that," so maybe that'll save his ass. But he sure seemed pretty insistent that he wasn't involved in precisely the kind of activities that Fine seems to suspect he was involved in.