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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Asks for Special Counsel to Investigate DOJ/New Black Panther Scandal

The congressman asks that the special counsel also look into "whether the Department has adopted a policy of enforcing voting rights laws in a racially discriminatory manner."

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July 23, 2010 - 12:03 pm

On the heels of the public statements, sworn testimony, and articles published by DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams here at PJM, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) today released a four-page letter he sent to President Obama requesting he commence an independent investigation into the New Black Panther case dismissal.

Smith writes:

If [Adams'] allegations are true, it means that the Justice Department has become politicized and only an independent entity can effectively investigate this matter.

Had these two individuals been members of the Ku Klux Klan, I doubt the Justice Department would have dropped the charges.

Copied on the letter are Attorney General Eric Holder — the man at the center of the firestorm — and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Conyers is chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary.

The full letter is available here in PDF format.

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