Obama Justice Department still stonewalling Civil Rights Commission on Black Panther case

Rick Moran
What do you do if you're the Obama administration and you've been caught playing politics with the law?

You stonewall the matter until people get tired of trying to get to the bottom of your malfeasance and go away.

This seems to be the tactics being used by Obama's Justice Department as they continue to play games with requests from the US Commission on Civil Rights who want answers to questions regarding the dropping of the New Black Panther party's voter intimidation case.

Jennifer Rubin has been covering the scandal for Pajamas Media:

In June, the Commission sent a letter of inquiry to the Justice Department demanding an explanation for the dismissal of the case against all but one defendant. In August, the Commission sent a second letter directly to  Attorney General Eric Holder reiterating its demand for information on the reasons for the dismissal and advising Holder of its intention to use the Commission's statutory authority to subpoena witnesses and documents. It also renewed its demand for records of past DOJ investigations so it could make an independent determination as to whether the New Black Panther case's dismissal was an abrupt change in Justice Department policy, and if so, what the impact of that policy change might be on future acts of voter intimidation. However, the "most transparent administration" in history (it tells us) did not even acknowledge receipt of the letter for weeks.

Last week, the Commission's General Counsel contacted the Justice Department to inquire if a response would be forthcoming and to advise the Justice Department that on Friday the Commission would meet to decide an issue left open at its meeting last month, namely whether to designate its already expanding investigation into the New Black Panther case as an issue for a year-long study and special report. (By statute the Commission must complete at least one such study and report each year on a matter of federal civil rights enforcement.) Later that day the Justice Department sent a one paragraph letter to the Commission advising that an OPR investigation would be opened and "accordingly" no answer would be forthcoming until OPR concluded its investigation.

This response caused jaws to drop at the Commission. As Rubin points out, "An OPR [Office of Professional Responsibility] investigation is, of course, no basis for declining to co-operate with the Commission in its statutorily authorized obligation to investigate enforcement of civil rights laws."

In effect, the administration is stalling in hopes that without information, the Commission will either drop the matter or be unable to carry out their statutory obligations.

And there doesn't appear to be anything anyone can do about it.




What do you do if you're the Obama administration and you've been caught playing politics with the law?

You stonewall the matter until people get tired of trying to get to the bottom of your malfeasance and go away.

This seems to be the tactics being used by Obama's Justice Department as they continue to play games with requests from the US Commission on Civil Rights who want answers to questions regarding the dropping of the New Black Panther party's voter intimidation case.

Jennifer Rubin has been covering the scandal for Pajamas Media:

In June, the Commission sent a letter of inquiry to the Justice Department demanding an explanation for the dismissal of the case against all but one defendant. In August, the Commission sent a second letter directly to  Attorney General Eric Holder reiterating its demand for information on the reasons for the dismissal and advising Holder of its intention to use the Commission's statutory authority to subpoena witnesses and documents. It also renewed its demand for records of past DOJ investigations so it could make an independent determination as to whether the New Black Panther case's dismissal was an abrupt change in Justice Department policy, and if so, what the impact of that policy change might be on future acts of voter intimidation. However, the "most transparent administration" in history (it tells us) did not even acknowledge receipt of the letter for weeks.

Last week, the Commission's General Counsel contacted the Justice Department to inquire if a response would be forthcoming and to advise the Justice Department that on Friday the Commission would meet to decide an issue left open at its meeting last month, namely whether to designate its already expanding investigation into the New Black Panther case as an issue for a year-long study and special report. (By statute the Commission must complete at least one such study and report each year on a matter of federal civil rights enforcement.) Later that day the Justice Department sent a one paragraph letter to the Commission advising that an OPR investigation would be opened and "accordingly" no answer would be forthcoming until OPR concluded its investigation.

This response caused jaws to drop at the Commission. As Rubin points out, "An OPR [Office of Professional Responsibility] investigation is, of course, no basis for declining to co-operate with the Commission in its statutorily authorized obligation to investigate enforcement of civil rights laws."

In effect, the administration is stalling in hopes that without information, the Commission will either drop the matter or be unable to carry out their statutory obligations.

And there doesn't appear to be anything anyone can do about it.