Without talking to them, she was able to tell that hard-working lawyers who left DOJ (because of a poisonous atmosphere she has personally presided over for years) didn’t want to return. She seems confident that they never wanted to return even though she never contacted a single one of them. Some of them were, in fact, looking for jobs.
In the real world — outside of government — Wertz’s excuse has a name not fit for publication.
Also consider current Voting Section Deputy Chief Bob Berman’s response to the IG — that he wanted lawyers with “redistricting experience.” (And it is no accident that the two — Wertz and Berman — were sympatico on this effort.) His response doesn’t hold water either, because the attorneys who left didn’t all have redistricting experience.
Why does all this matter?
Ask the governor of Pennsylvania, who received a letter from this Voting Section demanding he turn over documents his office used to prepare a press release.
Ask any of the jurisdictions who faced a Voting Section willing to twist the law (or to overrule career lawyers on South Carolina Voter ID) to achieve partisan ends.
The conniving of Wertz and Fernandes matters.
We’ll have much more on this here, at other news outlets, and — in time — in Congress. But this episode gives you yet another example of the mismanagement and ideological rot that have infested that place for years, and which you can now read about first-hand in the damning report released this week.