Department of IN-justice
The question of the day is not “IF” the Obama Administration is staffed with racist, leftist radicals, rather, just how bad is it?
The Department of “Justice” is a prime example with the Attorney General’s refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena related to Fast and Furious among other things. Second on list would be the Department of Labor where the President stacked the deck with “recess appointments” that the court tossed out because there was no recess.
Today, thanks to J. Christian Adams, a former career attorney at DOJ, we find out just how bad it is. And the focus of a just released report from the Office of the Inspector General catches both DOJ and the man nominated to take of DOL, Tom Perez.
The OIG looked into the New Black Panther voter intimidation dismissal from 2008. As Adams notes “…every rock the investigators turned over resulted in more creatures fleeing the sunshine.” I’m sure we’ll never see a full accounting of the damage that this President and his leftist flacks have done and will continue to do, but the OIG’s report is a start.
– “Numerous witnesses told us that there was widespread opposition to the Noxubee case among the Voting Section career staff.” Noxubee was a case in which white voters were victimized.
– DOJ employees opposed the bringing of a case against a black defendant to help white victims in Noxubee County, Mississippi.
The report: “Coates and other career attorneys told the OIG that they were aware of comments by some Voting Section attorneys indicating that the Noxubee case should have never been brought because White citizens were not historical victims of discrimination or could fend for themselves. Indeed, two career Voting Section attorneys told us that, even if the Department had infinite resources, they still would not have supported the filing of the Noxubee case because it was contrary to the purpose of the Voting Rights Act, which was to ensure that minorities who had historically been the victims of discrimination could exercise the right to vote.”
– “Many of those individuals told the OIG that they believed that the reason the voting rights laws were enacted was to protect historic victims of discrimination and therefore the Section should prioritize its resources accordingly. Additionally, some of these individuals, including one current manager, admitted to us that, while they believed that the text of the Voting Rights Act is race-neutral and applied to all races, they did not believe the Voting Section should pursue cases on behalf of White victims.”
– Threats were made to African American employees by other Justice Department staff.
The threats were made because the black employees were willing to work on cases like the New Black Panther voter intimidation case and a case in Mississippi involving a black wrongdoer and a white victim. I testified about this disgusting hostility toward race-neutral enforcement of the law, and today’s report confirms it took place.
– Attorney General Eric Holder was approached by Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King: King complained about cases that Voting Section Chief Chris Coates was bringing. Coates had brought and managed the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.
Holder greenlighted King: do what was necessary to take care of Coates.
– Attorney General Holder told us that he understood from what others told him that Coates was a divisive and controversial person in the Voting Section and that one concern about Coates was that he “wanted to expand the use of the power of the Civil Rights Division in such a way that it would take us into areas that, though justified, would come at a cost of that which the Department traditionally had done, at the cost of people [that the] Civil Rights Division had traditionally protected. ”
In other words, the Attorney General took steps to insure that enforcement of Voting Rights laws was NOT done on a race-neutral basis and took no action to protect minorities within the department who were willing to actually follow the law.
This administration is the most divisive group of hate mongers ever seen in Washington DC. Will Congress act? No. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) will make some noise about it but nothing will happen.
The worst part of this mess is that the head of the DOJ Voting Section during this time was Tom Perez. He is President Obama’s nominee to take of the Department of Labor. Any bets on whether this will come up at his hearing or if he will be blocked from being able to ignore labor laws as he’s shown he can ignore voting rights laws? I seriously doubt it.
Where is Rand Paul and his filibuster machine when you need him?