Email to Obama's Secret Service choice part of racism lawsuitBy Tabassum Zakaria and Jeff Mason | Reuters
Attorneys for eight black agents who filed suit against the Secret Service for discriminatory promotion practices cited the email and a number of others passed among high-ranking officials as evidence of an office culture in which racial slurs and offensive comments were common.
The White House is expected to announce O'Connor's appointment in coming days. Sources familiar with the appointment said that notice of O'Connor's selection was sent to Secret Service offices this week.
O'Connor did not return a phone call on Wednesday. The Secret Service declined comment on ongoing litigation. Thomas Wright, who represented O'Connor when the email surfaced in 2008, also declined comment in an email.
The White House has declined to comment on a Reuters report that O'Connor would be named to the job and also declined this week to comment on its review of his record.
Complaints about racist comments and discriminatory practices among senior Secret Service officials have gotten wide attention since the lawsuit was originally filed in 2000.
O'Connor was a former assistant director of investigations at the Secret Service and once handled supervision of dignitary protection.
His appointment as director is not subject to Senate confirmation.