The Obama Department of Justice is taking the country off a cliff by pushing to register illegal aliens to vote.
At issue is whether the states can require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Arizona, Kansas, and Georgia require proof of citizenship and the federal agency that oversees the federal forms used in elections gave them permission to do so.
Loretta Lynch’s DoJ refuses to defend the agency and is siding with the NAACP, League of Women Voters, and a laundry list of far left groups who want illegals to be able to vote.
As a resident of Arizona I’m sure glad that a bunch of Republican senators sided with Obama and gave Loretta the job.
On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal court seeking to reverse a recent decision by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The Commission’s decision allows Kansas and other states, including Arizona and Georgia, to enforce state laws ensuring that only citizens register to vote when they use a federally designed registration form.
That hearing was held yesterday.
This whole case smacks of the standard extra-legal runaround that the Obama administration is used to getting away with. And they almost made it. For all the legal issues involved, follow the link to the original post.
The best part of this story is that, as of last night at least, federal judge Richard Leon smacked down the Lynch DoJ and their allies with an epic beat down. We’ll have to wait until Tuesday for a ruling, but judge Leon was not a happy judge.
The courtroom was so full that Judge Leon was obviously surprised by the size of the audience when he walked into the courtroom, calling it a “traveling roadshow.” In fact, the plaintiffs showed up with over a dozen lawyers.
The judge opened the hearing by reading into the record an astonishing letter he had just received from the chair of the EAC, Christie McCormick. It informed the court that DOJ had told the EAC that it would not defend the agency, and that it would not allow the EAC to hire its own counsel. McCormick informed the judge that she believed DOJ was not fulfilling its duty and obligation to defend the EAC and had a potential conflict of interest. It was clear that Judge Leon was shocked at what DOJ had done. While he gave the plaintiffs 20 minutes to argue their case, he gave the lawyer from the Federal Programs Branch of DOJ only five minutes because he said that DOJ was obviously on the same side as the plaintiffs.
Leon was very dismissive of the DOJ’s position, its behavior, and its failure to mount a defense consistent with its usual practice.
It was clear that this hearing did not go the way the plaintiffs’ lawyers and DOJ had tried to arrange it to go. They thought the fix was in. In fact, it went so badly, particularly with DOJ being called on the carpet by Judge Leon, that at the end when the plaintiffs’ lawyer got up to try to repair all the holes that Kobach had knocked in their case, the lawyer tried to compare the EAC action to Nazi Germany. He waved the EAC opinion at issue in the air and said “this is what Nazis do behind closed doors!” You know a lawyer is desperate when he tries to equate a dispute over an election administration issue to Nazi Germany. Judge Leon ended the hearing by saying that he would announce his decision on the TRO on Tuesday.
The Obama/Holder/Lynch DoJ is a really bad joke and an affront to the American people. Hopefully President Trump will clean house. Personally, I think surrounding the DoJ headquarters with former employee’s heads on pikes would be appropriate. Lynch and Holder’s first.
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