President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court.
In a recent interview, Jamie Gorelick, a former deputy attorney general who worked with Garland at the Justice Department in the Clinton administration, considers her former colleague “supremely qualified” for the high court.
High and reassuring praise. But who is Ms. Gorelick?
Jamie Gorelick is the woman who constructed the "wall of separation" that kept the CIA and the FBI from comparing notes and therefore invading the privacy of Muhammed Atta and Zacarius Moussaoui. While countless problems were uncovered in our intelligence operations in the wake of 9-11, no single factor comes close to in importance to Jamie Gorelick's wall.
Then she was appointed by Tom Daschle to serve on the "non partisan" 9-11 Commission.
With no real estate or finance experience, she was appointed as Vice Chairman of Fannie Mae in 1997 and fearlessly served in that role through 2003, which is when most of the systemic predatory birds that came home to roost today happened. She was instrumental in covering up problems with Fannie Mae while employed there and took multiple millions in bonuses as she helped construct this house of cards.
From Wikipedia:One example of falsified financial transactions that helped the company meet earnings targets for 1998, a "manipulation" that triggered multimillion-dollar bonuses for top executives. On March 25, 2002, Business Week Gorelick is quoted as saying, "We believe we are managed safely. Fannie Mae is among the handful of top-quality institutions." One year later, Government Regulators "accused Fannie Mae of improper accounting to the tune of $9 billion in unrecorded losses"
Later she worked for Duke University in the Lacrosse fiasco to protect that school from it's astonishing behavior.
Much earlier she worked at the Department of Defense, when she served as legal counsel there in 1993, she drafted the "Don't ask /don't tell" policy.
In the phraseology of the sports guys, quite a body of work.