The voter-intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party absolutely won’t go away. Three new things yesterday and today. First, a great column at Human Events by the indefatigable Rep. Frank Wolf:
In light of Coates’ stunning testimony, it is time for the department to reveal precisely what motivated the dismissal of this case. The attorney general should immediately direct his staff to turn over the information requested from the commission and members of Congress. He should also order those responsible for the dismissal to appear before the commission. I will continue to work to hold Atty. Gen. Holder and the department accountable for their equal enforcement of the law.
Second, an editorial at the Washington Times:
This controversy is about the integrity of the voting process, which is the heart of our constitutional republic. Mr. Holder would serve the public interest by permitting Ms. Fernandes to testify under oath … Allowing testimony from other lawyers present at those meetings could help clear up any misunderstanding about the policies the Obama administration is pursuing. If the attorney general continues to stonewall transparency, it looks like he’s hiding something.
The Washington Times also carried a news story:
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wants Attorney General H. Holder Jr., to allow Justice Department employees to testify in its investigation of “deep-seated and shockingly common attitudes favoring racially-selective enforcement of the law” within the department’s Civil Rights Division….The Justice Department has ordered employees subpoenaed by the commission for testimony to refuse to appear and has offered what the commission has called “questionable and sweeping privilege claims” in refusing to turn over documents sought as part of the probe.
Meanwhile, as mentioned in an editorial linked to here yesterday, Holder’s DoJ has promoted the attorney largely responsible for stonewalling rather than adequately complying with FOIA requests related to the Panther case:
Among the new hires are: Sharyn Tejani comes from the National Partnership for Women and Families, a hotbed of liberal activism, where she served as one of the lead attorneys filing a Supreme Court brief supporting an explicitly race-based refusal to promote white firemen in New Haven, Conn….New Voting Section deputy chief Sarabeth Donovan is known for overseeing the department’s responses, or in this case extreme unresponsiveness, to Freedom of Information Act requests involving the New Black Panther controversy.
Holder’s stonewalling can’t work. The truth will out. The truth appears to involve a pattern of race-based enforcement decisions at DoJ. Such a policy is unlawful. Period.
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